Fourth-graders Adriana Griffin, Elijah Smith and Jamar Williams of Thomasboro Academy won the Greater Enrichment Program of Charlotte’s annual Quiz Bowl, held Saturday at the Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center in Charlotte.
The academy’s Venetia Busby, Allen Cook, Summer Miller, Alana Moua, Jaelon Planter and Hanh Thoong won the LIFTing Our Black History Brain Bowl at West Charlotte High.
The Greater Enrichment quiz, also with a focus on black history, included elementary-level panels from Ashley Park Academy, Bruns Academy and Merry Oaks International Academy of Learning. Subjects ranged from history to sports to civil rights.
To prepare, students met with afterschool staff members from the program twice a week for the past couple months and went over material from an information packet.
Walter G. Byers Academy finished second at the LIFTing event; Ashley Park was third. The event included middle school students enrolled in the Advancement Via Individual Determination Program (AVID) from six schools that also included Bruns Academy, Druid Hills Academy and Ranson Middle.
The competition featured an AVID essay contest that asked students to write about an African-American who affected history and their lives. Anthony Harrell of Ashley Park won that event, with Karana Busby of Thomasboro Academy second and Aliya Coutee of Byers Academy third.