Mason Intermediate School’s 11th 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 15.
"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. The 1 N Worship Mime Ministry group comprised of Keairra Lathan, Sequoia Wooten, Ebony Ricks, and Tangie Dawson gave an inspiring performance to a medley of selections. In addition, music from the live band “Take Note” featured Washington on the keyboard, Derrick Simmons on lead and bass guitars, and Shawnda Allen on vocals.
Special congratulations to Saathvik Bondalapati, Grace Chi, Tanisha Dakhawe, Shriya Parthasarathi, Sachet Pati, and Erin Stegman on Team Carpe Diem, the 2017 Black History Bowl Winners. Congratulations also to second place Team Imagination, which included Vidhi Bakshi, Max Liao, Amira Malave, Nishka Mishra, Noah Riley, and Kent Sideris.
"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."