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Members of the Faith Cumberland Presbyterian Church team celebrate their win.

For immediate release — Feb. 28, 2011

(DALLAS) — In a battle of the brains, beating the buzzer and winning points was the focus of the 2011 African American Male Academic Bowl — the only event of its kind in Texas. Shouts of “I’ll take African-American history for 40 points!” or “We’ll choose science for 10 points!” rang through the halls in the School of Management Building at the University of Texas at Dallas several weeks ago until two team champions and two team runners-up were crowned.

This exciting event — a cross between the academic bowls of TV from 40 years ago and today’s ever-popular “Jeopardy” show — brought together a total of 23 4th/5th- and 6th/7th-grade teams representing several area elementary and middle schools who competed to win their divisions.

Teams representing the two age groups demonstrated their knowledge and skills. They beat the clock/buzzer, answered questions and scored points in five categories: African-American history, science, mathematics, African-American “firsts” and geography.