The Middle School Battle of the Books team won the S.C. Independent School State Championship. Advised by Mrs. Susie Herlong and Mrs. Molly McDuffie, the following students are members of the team: David Texas Ardis, Abel Ayres, Casey Belinski, Lottie Bynum, Thomas Creech, Carsen Fannon, A.J. Gronau, Carter Gronau, Sara Helen Simmons & Maxwell Smith. America’s Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for students in grades 3-12. Students read books and come together to demonstrate their reading comprehension abilities and to test their knowledge of the books they have read. The teams are given a list of 20 books to read prior to the competition, and then they are asked specific questions about the books to earn points.