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Cleveland Rams are Battle of the Books champions

The Cleveland High Rams were the first place winners of the Johnston County Public Schools High School Battle of the Books Competition.

Students on Battle of the Books teams from several JCPS high schools participated in the competition at the JCPS West Campus Conference Center on March 22.

Each team read a total of 15 books and answered questions to show their overall knowledge of the novels. The competition encourages a love of reading in students by exposing them to high quality literature in a variety of genres.

The first place winner of the competition was Cleveland High, the second place winner was South Johnston High, and the third place winner was Clayton High. Corinth-Holders High, Princeton High, and Smithfield-Selma High also participated in the competition.

"I am very proud of what this small team was able to accomplish together this year,” said Cleveland High Media Specialist and Battle of the Books Coach Stephanie Haumont. “Not only did the team remain dedicated to reading throughout the school year, but they worked amazingly well together. This is such a great group of young adults."

Students on the winning team are Jessica Brown, Sarah Clodfelter, Adam Smith, and Shiloh Wrigley. The team will advance to the regional competition in Louisburg on April 9th.