Norwayne Middle Students Win Local “Battle Of The Books”


For the third year in a row, Norwayne Middle students won the Wayne County Public Schools Middle School Battle of the Books competition. The 33rd annual Battle of the Books competition took place on Friday, March 2, at the Dillard/Goldsboro Alumni Cultural Center with approximately 75 students from 9 middle schools competing.

Sponsored by the North Carolina School Library Media Association, Battle of the Books is a quiz bowl type competition, specifically designed for students in grades 6 through 8. Students at participating schools read books from a list established by the state Battle of the Books committee, and then compete to test their knowledge of the books. This year’s book list consisted of 27 titles.

“It is worth noting that Norwayne Middle coach, Rhonda Nichols, has led her team to victory in all but two district Battle of the Books competition appearances since 2005 and took the state championship title in 2014,” states Tamara Berman-Ishee, WCPS assistant superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction. “We congratulate Coach Nichols and her team on this year’s success and wish them the very best in the next level of competition.”

On April 12, the Norwayne Middle Elementary team will compete against eleven other Region 2 teams that won their district competitions. The competition will be held at the Dillard/Goldsboro Alumni Cultural Center, located at 801 Poplar Street in Goldsboro, and will begin at 9:00 AM.

The Norwayne Middle 2018-2019 team consists of Evan Anderson, Brenna Bass, Kyley Bowles, Atalia Carmichael, Jack Foery, Halemh Hadwan, Alexander Heath, Mir Quddus, Nathaniel J. Riso, Haley Short, and Cassidy Thorne. The team is coached by Mrs. Nichols with assistance from Jennifer Davis and Brook Taylor.

The Battle of the Books program is coordinated by the Media Center program at participating schools. Organizers state that Battle of the Books competition is a great way to motivate students to read and be exposed to quality literature.

Rosewood Middle took second place. Their team consists of Joseph Bailey, Kattiera Brydsong, Kaylienna Byrdsong, Carson Crane, Nathan Gardner, Diana Lopez, Alexa Tinajero, Mark White, and Allyson William. The team is coached by Jamie Lewis.

The following teams competed in this year’s WCPS Middle School Battle of the Books competition: Dillard Middle, Eastern Wayne Middle, Grantham Middle, Greenwood Middle, Mount Olive Middle, Norwayne Middle, Rosewood Middle, Spring Creek Middle, and Wayne School of Engineering.

Norwayne Middle BOB team
Front Row (L-R): Halemh Hadwan and Atalia Carmichael
Second Row (L-R): Cassidy Thorne, Kyley Bowles, Mir Quddus, Evan Anderson, Nathaniel Riso, and Jack Foery
Back Row (L-R): Brenna Bass, Alex Heath, Haley Short, and Rhonda Nichols

Rosewood Middle BOB team
Front Row (L-R): Kaylienna Byrdsong, Nathan Gardner, Alexa Tinajero, and Kattiera Byrdsong
Back Row (L-R): Jamie Lewis, Mark White, Allyson Williams, Joseph Bailey, Carson Crane and Diana Lopez

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