For the first time in school history, Marvin Ridge Middle School will take part in the state’s Battle of the Books competition. The school placed first in the regional competition, held this year at the Union County Public School Professional Development Center, after winning the county title for the fourth straight time. Battle of the Books is a ‘Family Feud’ style event, where teams of students compete to answer trivia questions.
I am ecstatic over our win,” Marvin Ridge coach Brita Mann said. “This is the fourth year in a row that Marvin Ridge has represented Union County at the Regional competition and our first win.”
Mann said that some members of the team got emotional after the win.
“ We have five eighth grade students on our team, four of which have been members since sixth grade,” Mann said. “Today, some of these kids and their parents were getting teary as the competition wound down, thinking this would be their last (competition).”
There are twelve students on the team, including Niharika Bhatnagar, Eilis Finn, Colin Gravelle, Katherine Griffin, Amanda Hsiao, Maedini Jayaprakash, Lia Kitteringham, Kieran Mouritsen, Sofia Mouritsen, Cary Hall Titus, Arpad Voros, and Zsofia Voros. The team will now head to Greensboro May 3 for the state event.