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Granite Falls Elementary School 2017 Battle of the Books Winner

GRANITE FALLS, NC (March 17, 2017)…Elementary students were engaged in an all-out book war during the Elementary Battle of the Books, and Granite Falls Elementary School emerged as winner of this year’s competition.

The 11th Annual Elementary Battle of the Books filled the Whitnel Pentecostal Holiness Church on Tuesday, March 14th with fourth and fifth grade students from 15 elementary schools in the district. After more than 20 rounds of competition, Granite Falls Elementary outscored the other teams and embraced the championship trophy.

In photo – front from left: (students and coach) Victoria Villacorte, Emily Kooiker, Davis Smith, Austin Shore, Rachel Jetton, Riley Murphy, and Kaylee Moore, coached by Jennifer Jurney, AIG teacher and Coach. Back from left: (adults) Pat Triplett, Education Foundation Executive Director; Dana Miller, EC teacher; Darrell Pennell, School Board Chairman and Dr. Steve Stone, Superintendent.

The winning team at Granite Falls Elementary consists of Victoria Villacorte, Emily Kooiker, Davis Smith, Austin Shore, Rachel Jetton, Riley Murphy, and Kaylee Moore, coached by Jennifer Jurney, AIG teacher.

“This is like our athletic March Madness,” said Jurney. “This is our time to be competitive.”

Davenport A+ School took the 2nd place finish, Whitnel Elementary students placed third, and Lower Creek Elementary School finished in fourth.

The Education Foundation Inc. of Caldwell County sponsored both the Elementary Battle of the Books and the Middle School Battle of the Books events held this month. The Granite Falls Elementary team now prepares for the Regional level of competition that will be held in Hickory on April 27.

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The Caldwell County School System is a nationally accredited public school district enrolling nearly 12,000 students in grades PreK-12. It is the largest employer in Caldwell County, employing 1,855 educators and non-certified staff. The district includes six high schools - three traditional high schools, an alternative school, and two innovative high schools located on the community college campus. With 11 elementary schools for students in grades K-5, four middle schools serving grades 6-8, and four K-8 schools in the scenic areas of Caldwell County, it is the largest provider of educational services in Caldwell County. Additionally, the district operates the Patterson Science Center, a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) center for grades K-12 that features an outdoor classroom environment of 1,400 acres. The school district also offers preschool classes at nine elementary schools; a summer program for pre-kindergarten students; and a 5-star before and after care WrapAround Program for students in grades K-8 at 15 different schools. The Caldwell County School System embraces a diversified student body immersed in a myriad of academic studies from fine arts to engineering to career/technical education through virtual and traditional settings. Students are encouraged to learn, build positive relationships, explore activities that are relevant to their interests, and to put forth their best effort every day as they strive for excellence.