MI’s Black History Bowl Celebrates History

MI’s Black History Bowl Celebrates African-American History
Posted on 02/28/2020

Mason Intermediate School’s 14th Annual Black History Bowl, organized and facilitated by fifth grade teachers, Nick Washington and Kim Rader, set records for energy and enthusiasm! 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 12.   "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 fifth grader Kennedi Grayer 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 fifth graders Jaiyah Hendrix, McKade Grisson, Jaden Fischer-Smith, and Christian Smith-Jamerson recited the poem "Dear Basketball," in honor of Kobe Bryan. Members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity 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 Shawnda Allen , and Joe Weatherspoon II .

Special congratulations to Lucas Joseph, Sasank Kalavagunta, Anvitha Kakarlapudi, Anthony Kesler, Collin Minogue, and Amruta Puntambekar on Team Character, the 2020 Black History Bowl Winners. Congratulations also to second place Team Impact, which included Sreshta Cherakumoolinti, Aayush Musku, Jeet Shah, Kishore Subbaiah, Sidney Wortham, and Shreyans Yadav.

"The Bowl gives students the opportunity to learn more about American history in a fun, competitive way," shared Rader. "Students learn about Black History, and 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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