The Battle of the Books in Johnston County elementary schools sparked a love of reading at South Smithfield Elementary School.
Because of overwhelming interest shown in the countywide competition, the school held its own Battle of the Books on May 16.
Nearly 50 students attended the information session to learn about earning a spot on the team that would represent the school in the county competition.
In order to take part in the school-based competition, students had to read the 18 books on the reading list, attend before- and after-school training sessions, work with the online program mybobteam.com and take part in study sessions at lunchtime.
The final competition included 34 students cheered on by their classmates in grades 3-5. Money for books, trophies, medals and awards came from the South Smithfield PTA, Carroll Pharmacy, HI Digital Photography, Higdon Sign and Lighting, and Serendipity Road.
A reception for participants and their families followed the competition.
Hilary Hobbs, Mary Aker and Melanie Harris sponsored the teams.
To view the competition, go to highschoolcube.com/event/battle-of-the-books-competition-352297.