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Area Teams Take Top Honors in DCCCD Academic Bowl

photo of the AAMAB elementary school winners
First place, elementary division (left to right): Duncanville Tigers Youth Organization, Team Black – Kaleb Berry, Jeremiah Howard, Chandler Rotich and team coach Lakeisha Berry

​Contact: Ann Hatch
214-378-1819

For immediate release — Jan. 28, 2014

(DALLAS) — No mind was left behind during the Dallas County Community College District’s 2014 African American Male Academic Bowl — aptly titled “Aiming for the Stars.” In this elementary/middle school “battle of the brains,” 24 teams competed in an event that is a cross between the academic bowls of 40 years ago and today’s popular “Jeopardy” show. Students from schools across the Dallas/Fort Worth area (and even Austin!) participated in the bowl, which celebrated its 5th anniversary; the competition was held at the University of Texas at Dallas on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014.

Winning teams include members from Dallas, Duncanville and Fort Worth.

“Marking our 5th anniversary was important and exciting,” said David Robinson, the event’s organizer, who started the bowl when he worked in DCCCD’s outreach office. “We welcomed boys from Austin, Fort Worth, Frisco, Irving, Dallas and beyond who came with their team coaches and — in the name of academics — showed us all just how smart they are.” (Robinson recently joined the UT-Dallas office of diversity and community engagement, where he continued to work on this year’s event.)

The annual team-based competition of brain teasers and crowd pleasers is geared toward young African-American men in grades 4 through 8. After five years of competition, DCCCD’s academic bowl is a popular recurring event that has an excellent track record — a program in which no mind is left behind. “We’ve talked to the boys (who competed) and asked them what they’ve learned,” added Robinson. “Almost every boy — 96 percent, in fact — has told us this event motivates them to learn more and finish school. That’s what we set out to do.”

photo of the AAMAB middle school winners
​First place, middle school division (left to right): Fort Worth Independent School District’s Young Men’s Leadership Academy – Luis Chabes, Clarence Smith, team coach Porsche Sanders and Jacob Crockett

​The two groups of teams — each comprising 4th and 5th graders or 6th through 8th graders — demonstrated their knowledge and skills by answering questions and scoring points in five categories: African-American history, science, mathematics, African-American “firsts” and geography.

The winners were:

Elementary school (4th and 5th grades) division winners: Duncanville Tigers Youth Organization, Team Black — Kaleb Berry, Jeremiah Howard, Chandler Rotich and team coach Lakeisha Berry

Elementary school (4th and 5th grades) division runners-up: St. Phillip, Team C — Xavier Nixon, Jaali Hawkins, Chase Kennedy and team coach Kevin Crawford

Middle school (6th through 8th grades) division winners: Fort Worth Independent School District, Young Men’s Leadership Academy — Luis Chabes, Clarence Smith, Jacob Crockett and team coach Porsche Sanders

Middle school (6th through 8th grades) division runners-up: Duncanville Tigers Youth Organization, Team Gold — Kolby Randolph, Kevin Berry, Jonathan Howard and team coach LaShonda Wiggs

First-place winners each received a Samsung Galaxy tablet, and runners-up each won a Kindle Fire.
Partners included the Dallas County Community College District, the University of Texas at Dallas, Project Still I Rise Inc., AT&T, Texas State Sen. Royce West, Fort Worth Independent School District, McDonald’s, Moroch, Jackson State University, Dallas Independent School District, Tarrant County College, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity’s Alpha Epsilon Boule Education Foundation and the National Society of Black Engineers.

For more information, contact Robinson by calling (972) 833-4546, or send an email to David.Robinson2@utdallas.edu.
 
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