On Friday, March 23rd, Cane Creek MS competed in the Regional Battle of the Books Competition in Transylvania County, representing Buncombe County as district champions. Eleven districts from our region participated in the regional competition. Cane Creek placed first in the competition with a score of 170. Following closely behind were McDowell with 169 and Haywood with 168. Cane Creek will now travel to UNC-Greensboro to compete in the State Battle of the Books Competition on May 9th. Jenney Crenshaw, Media Specialist and Rita Laughter, Media Assistant are the team’s coaches.
The North Carolina Battle of the Books competition is a quiz-bowl type of book reading competition. Team members read as many books as possible on the NC Battle of the Book list and attend team meetings regularly. The purpose of the Battle of the Books program is to encourage reading by all students at the middle school level. Students, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints by prominent authors in the area of young adult literature. The game format creates interest and excitement in reading. Through the fun and excitement of the competition, students improve reading skills, mature in their choices of reading materials, and acquire a broader knowledge base. Even during the height of the competition, students and coaches should remember that the goal is to READ, not necessarily to win!