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MMS AVID Students Win Black History Knowledge Bowl

For the eleventh year, all four middle schools in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (CHCCS) sent teams of AVID students to the Black History Knowledge Bowl, hosted by the local chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (AKA). This year the bowl took place on Feb. 23 at Carol Woods Retirement Community, and for the second year in a row, McDougle Middle School (MMS) brought home the first place trophy.

The AKA sorority was founded at Howard University in 1908, and the branch in Chapel Hill-Carrboro has been serving people in the community for almost 40 years. It was the first African American sorority, and its mission has always been to cultivate high academic and ethical standards, promote unity among women and be of “Service to All Mankind.” All across the country in February, AKA chapters organize Black History Knowledge Bowls for middle and high school students, in order to promote and expand the knowledge of aspects of America’s history that is so often neglected.

MMS BHK bowl team Karen Herring, AVID teacher at MMS, serves as coach and cheerleader for her teams each year. “The students begin prepping for the competition about a month prior to when the questions are shared with us,” she said. Questions touch on all aspects of African American history, with a focus on politics, culture and sports. Could you answer these questions from the compiled Bowl list?

Booker T. Washington was the founder and president of what academic institution?

Who wrote the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing”?

What Harlem theater is a showcase for African American talent?

Who became the first African American surgeon general?

MMS BHK bowl 2 Herring said that in recent years, she has had students who have reflected passion about learning the material. In preparing a full class, she makes sure that everyone becomes an expert in at least two categories. “However, since students are studying on their own, I provide time during lunch for them to come in and ask questions or quiz each other and every Friday leading up to the Bowl, we simulate the competition.  We had four students who were a part of the team last year, so they were able to support and help coach others.” Team members were Hugo Bautista, Andrew Herring, Ava Herring, Joyah Horton, Silvia Tellez-Flores and Kennedy Williams.