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NEWS RELEASES 2002-03 :: APRIL 21, 2003


RALEIGH, N.C. - A Cumberland County principal has received the state's top honor in the 2003 Wachovia Principal of the Year competition.

Nine regional teams, comprised of over 80 middle school students from across the state, will participate in North Carolina's second annual State Battle of the Books on Monday, April 28, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., in the first floor auditorium, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh.

Governor Mike Easley also has proclaimed April 28 as "Battle of the Books Day" and, by his proclamation, has further encouraged young readers.

Through this competition students are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints by prominent authors of young adult literature. Students will answer questions about 27 different books in a quiz-bowl type format. First place winners will receive an Olympic-style gold medal with second place winners receiving a silver medal. All other participants will receive a bronze medal.

Battle of the Books, a program that encourages reading by all students at the middle school level, originated from a public radio program in the 1940s and was introduced to North Carolina libraries in 1981. Since its introduction, enthusiasm has spread from school-wide battles to district and regional battles. Winners of the regional battles are represented at Monday's competition.

The State Battle of the Books is sponsored by the North Carolina School Library Media Association and the North Carolina Library Association. For more information, please contact State Battle of the Books Co-chairs Betty Corriher, media coordinator, Corriher-Lipe Middle School, 704.855.1991, or Nancy Larkin, media coordinator, Asheville Middle School, 828.255.5307.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.