Black History Bowl Celebrates History

MI’s Black History Bowl Celebrates African-American History
Posted on 02/21/2019

MI’s Black History Bowl Celebrates African-American HistoryMason Intermediate School’s thirteenth Annual Black History Bowl proved to be a fun, competitive educational event for the fifth grade class - organized and facilitated by fifth grade teachers, Nick Washington and Kim Rader. The competition started in November when students took a qualifying test to earn a spot in the Black History Bowl competition for their team. Students then took their personal time, lunch and recess to study for the competition. In January, the sixteen teams began competing in bracket play and narrowed down to two teams competing in the Black History Bowl Final on February 13. 

"It’s so gratifying to see the passion and commitment students have for this important part of American history. They spend much of their free time and getting together outside of school to study.  It’s amazing to see the amount of information they can absorb and quickly recall,” said Washington.

The final competition opened with assistant principal Terry Wooten singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” a song long revered as the Black National Anthem. In between rounds of competition, students were treated to some live entertainment. MI 5th grader Taurien Wiggins recited the poem I Am the Black Child by Mychal Wynn. Members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.  shared the mission of historically black sororities and fraternities and how they got their start. They also performed a step routine for the audience.  The band Take Note - featuring fifth grade teacher Mr. Washington - performed throughout the bowl and included members Tim Moore, Derrick Simmons, Shawnda Allen, and Joe Weatherspoon II . 

This was the closest finish in bowl history with Team Infinity 1 beating Team Achievers 1 by only one point! Special congratulations to Hrishi Kamalachandran, Megha Nadagouda, Sangu Reshmy, Anisha Sharma, Sahana Srikanth, and Rahul Velu on Team Infinity 1, the 2019 Black History Bowl Winners. Congratulations also to second place Team Achievers 1, which included Mike Devassy , Geetika Chemarthi , Preena Mehta, Vishista Vulpala, Rohit Shah and Abhinav Pullabhotla.

"The Bowl gives students the opportunity to learn more about American history in a fun, competitive way," shared Rader. "Students learn about Black History, but just as importantly, they learn about collaboration, perseverance, and make long-lasting friendships. It's an honor to be a part of this MI tradition."

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