Polk Central Elementary’s Battle of the Books team placed second Tuesday in the Region 8 elementary school tournament held in Waynesville.

Teams from Buncombe County, Cherokee County, Haywood County, Henderson County and Transylvania County competed along with Polk Central, who qualified by winning the county tournament earlier this year.

Bethel Elementary of Haywood County took top honors at the tournament.

Polk Central’s team includes Susan Anderson, Mia Bradley, Maggie Gowan, Colt Pitman, Tali Thompson and Kinsley Wilson and is coached by Brooke Benfield and Sherrie Ford. The team scored the highest in a single round (24 points) of all the other teams.

During the event, students are asked to answer questions about details in the books on the competition reading list. Teams responding with correct title and author receive three points, with a correct title earning two points. A response must be given within 20 seconds.