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Ready, set…battle of the books!

The Battle of the Books team poses for a picture. They placed 7th in finals on March 7th.

The Battle of the Books team poses for a picture. They placed 7th in finals on March 7th.

The Battle of the Books team poses for a picture. They placed 7th in finals on March 7th.

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Northwest’s Battle of the books (BOB) team went to the Educational Building at UNCG on Wednesday, March 7th to compete against other schools about their knowledge of a list of books. They tied for third in the first round, and placed seventh in finals.

“Battle of the books is where we each receive a list of about 17 books, and we usually pick [the books] that we like the most, and they’re all covered on stage,” senior Diana Nguyen said.

The team reads the set number of books, and about every friday they got together in the library to do practice questions. This was the only competition the Battle of the Books team participated in this year, and they said they had a fun time getting to know the other members and growing long-lasting friendships.

“It was my first year doing it, and I’m a senior and i’ve never done it before, but it was a great way to meet new people,” senior Emma Montgomery said. “Yeah, it sort of has a nerdy connotation, but by senior year you don’t care and I was able to hangout with my friends after school.”

Battle of the books is very popular at Northwest Guilford Middle School and they are challenged to read more books than the high school. The high school noticed how popular Battle of the Books was there so, the high school decided to start a team five years ago. Battle of the Books is beneficial to students because they engage themselves in books they wouldn’t usually read on their own. They look forward to the competition because they are asked vague questions that make them think about each book they’ve read over the course of the season.

“We answer questions such as, ‘In which book was there a lamp on the table?,’and we have to guess which book it is and say the title and author,” Nguyen said.

It wasn’t until this year that the high school division started to use “battle questions” which is a program that generates practice questions for the teams. In previous years the students would have to create their own questions based on the novel.

“It inspired a new passion for reading, and helped me increase my reading speed,” Montgomery said.

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