MOUNT AIRY — Gentry Middle School hosted the district middle school Battle of the Books competition on March 7. Central Middle, Gentry Middle, Meadowview Magnet Middle and Pilot Mountain Middle participated in the event.
Each team is required to have at least six members but can have as many as 12. A total of 41 students were involved in the competition. These students read books from a list established by the state Battle of the Books committee, and then compete in quiz-bowl-style tournaments to test their knowledge of these books.
At the conclusion of the competition, Central Middle School was declared the winner with a total of 154 points. Coming in at a very close second place was the Pilot Mountain Middle School team with 153 points.
Central Middle School will advance to the regional competition in Winston Salem-Forsyth County Schools on April 4. The North Carolina School Library Media Association sponsors the Battle of the Books program for students, aimed at promoting a love of reading and familiarity with the best in literature for young people.
“I am very proud of the Central Middle School Battle of the Books team and their coaches for their preparation and participation in the district competition. Surry County Schools values reading and enthusiastically supports the Battle of the Books program,” commented Sonia Dickerson, director of Library Media Programs.