A-T Middle finishes in 6th place at state competition

May. 09, 2013 @ 05:39 PM

Archdale-Trinity Middle school, representing the Piedmont region, landed in sixth place at the 12th annual North Carolina Middle School state Battle of the Books competition on Thursday.
The team finished with 110 points. The team competed against nine other teams from across the state, answering 12 questions in each of the 36 rounds.
The purpose of the Battle of the Books program is to encourage reading by all students at the middle school level. The quiz bowl is designed to create interest and excitement while offering the children a dose of competition. According to the coaches, the kids practiced every day after school for two hours and studied stacks of questions on all 27 books to prepare themselves for the competition.
“The competition has been fun. I got to read to Phineas Gage, and there are a lot of facts in nonfiction books and they get hard to remember,” said Rebecca Meier.
Meier’s mother, who works as an official for the competition and a media specialist at Southwest Guilford at High Point, said she is glad her daughter participated in the competition.
“I think this event is great. It encourages the kids to read,” Karen said. “She is reading books that are outside of the normal genres that she would choose. It gets her out of her element by reading nonfiction as well as the fiction books. She found that she has enjoyed a genre, nonfiction, that she might not have tried otherwise.”
Alex Figgatt said the state level is harder than the regional battle of the books.
“It challenges you more, but I am very proud of our team for making it this far,” Alex said. “I’ve learned that if we work together, we can do great things.”
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