MI's Annual Black History Bowl Celebrates African-American History

MI's Annual Black History Bowl Celebrates African-American History
Posted on 02/26/2018

BHB WinnersMason Intermediate School’s twelfth Annual Black History Bowl proved to be a fun, competitive educational event for the fifth grade class - organized and facilitated by fifth grade teachers, Jocelyn Burlew and Nick Washington. The competition started in November when students took a qualifying test to earn a spot on the Black History Bowl team for their class. 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 ​14.

"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. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated from The University of Cincinnati shared the importance of black fraternities and sororities in colleges, how they got their start, and what their missions are. Alpha Phi Alpha then performed a step routine, and members included Tim Berry, Aaron Jones, and Kameron Kinebrew. The band Take Note
 ​- featuring fifth grade teacher Mr. Washington - ​performed throughout the bowl and included members Wesley Maxie, Derrick Simmons,  and Joseph Weatherspoon II.

Special congratulations to 
Laasya Acharya, Will Clipson, Taylor Murray, Julia Upchurch, Alex Weaver, and Mihir Mahajani on Team Infinity, the 2018 Black History Bowl Winners. Congratulations also to second place Team Imagination, which included Abhinav Chaladi, Zoe Fowler, Mallory Mecum, Sai Nallani, Nikita Rajaram, and Aditya Singh.

"The Bowl gives students the chance to grow their brain power in a fun, competitive way," shared Burlew. "Students expand their knowledge of Black History, but just as importantly, they grow in their ability to collaborate with others, persevere through tough competition, and to make lasting friendships."

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