South Edgecombe Middle wins Battle of the Books


South Edgecombe Battle of Books Coach Lisa McElwee stands with team members, from left, Patrick Jones, Alex Whitley, Kailyn Randolph, Fidel Ponce, Vadim Komshin and Brinkley Dew.


From Contributed Reports

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

South Edgecombe Middle School won first place in the 16th Annual Battle of the Books competition for the Edgecombe County Public Schools district recently held at W.A. Pattillo Middle School.

This event challenges students based on their detailed knowledge of more than two dozen books. Every team competed against other Edgecombe County middle school teams in ten-question rounds, with points accumulating to determine the winner.

Members of the winning team were Brinkley Dew, Patrick Jones, Vadim Komshin, Fidel Ponce, Kailyn Randolph and Alex Whitley. They were coached by Lisa McElwee, South Edgecombe Middle School media coordinator.

The Tarboro Rotary Club provided trophies for the winning team as well as medallions for all participants.

Teams from Martin Millennium Academy, Phillips Middle School, W.A. Pattillo Middle School and West Edgecombe Middle School also participated.

The South Edgecombe team will represent the county at the Regional Battle of the Books competition on March 24 in Durham.