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Lancaster ISD Students Study and Celebrate Black Life, History and Culture


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 Monday, March 28, 2016


Lancaster ISD Students Study and Celebrate Black Life, History and Culture


Lancaster, TX/Lancaster ISD – Lancaster ISD students from G.W. Carver 6th grade Learning Center and the Houston Health Science Technology Academy showcased their historical knowledge and raised the academic bar during the 3rd annual Lancaster ISD Black History Bowl and Art Competition as each were named the champions of their respective divisions.

"I am elated that our students worked so hard and studied so long to make sure that they were successful," GWC Principal Cosheda Hurd said. "And for those who were not able to make it to the finals, I am very proud of them for supporting their fellow classmates and exhibiting grace in defeat."

The theme of this year’s competition was "A Century of Black Life, History and Culture" and featured 11 junior teams and 10 senior teams. The competition consisted of multiple rounds of questioning focused on African American history and culture. To expand this year’s competition, 75 students also submitted original artwork to the newly added black history art competition.

The 2016 Black History Bowl and Art Competition winners are as follows:

Black History Bowl Junior Division 1st Place
Houston Health Science Technology - Hall of Famers
Team: Chris Oney, Nevaeh Adams, Jordyn Loyd, Dwight Wheaton, Kerry Smith Coaches: Brandi Barnett & Paula Daugherty
Black History Bowl Junior Division 2nd Place
Rolling Hills Trailblazers
Team: Danyelle Conner, Gabriel Hairston, Mekhi Murray, Daniah Conner
Coach: Debbie Robinson
Black History Bowl Senior Division 1st Place
George Washington Carver - Giants
Team: Emmanuel Jaimes, Paul Taylor, Mikayla Franks, September Jones
Coach: Ivory Shears
Black History Bowl Senior Division 2nd Place
The Great Black Historians
Team: Darius Brown, Xavien Johns, Renita Williams, Marquese Moore, Berry Moore
Coach: Edwin Wilson
Art Contest Junior Division Winner
Mary Leos, 4th Grader from Lancaster Engineering Academy
Art Contest Senior Division Winner
September Jones, 6th Grader from George Washington Carver 6th Grade STEM Learning Center
Art Contest Board Choice Award Winner
Zellah Collins, 7th Grader from Elsie Robertson Lancaster Middle School


Students placing first in the history bowl competitions were also honored for their achievement during a reception held in honor of Black History month at the Rocky Crest Museum at the J.D. Hall STEM Learning Center Wednesday, February 24, 2016.

The Black History Bowl winners will also join the 2015 Hispanic Heritage Bowl winners this summer to participate in a history tour sponsored by Lancaster ISD. The trip will include college visits and historical landmark tours.

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