February is Black History Month and Wednesday Lubbock Independent School District held a time honored tradition. Co-founder of the African American History Bowl, Vernita Woods-Holmes addressed the crowd during opening ceremonies at Alderson Academy says, "You're all winners or you wouldn't be here." The history bowl is a tradition that brings elementary students from 18 schools and from all different backgrounds. Holmes says, "It warms my heart to see the students from all over Lubbock learning about African American history and participating."
With visions of shiny trophies still in their heads, the competition began with a written exam. From there, competitors converged on the Alderson Academy gym to test their knowledge of icons like Martin Luther King, Jr, George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman and Malcom X.
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Competitor Deverick Stubblefield says, "You should know black history and the history of your heritage and culture. It's important." Dezaray Ybanez says, "Most people don't know about African American history. I just want to show them to get into it."
All the kids competing this year worked hard getting into it. They studied for months. Rebecca Norton says, "We studied a lot... almost a year." Deverick says, "It took a lot of work, a lot of work.. We came in weekends and practically spent the night at school." Maurkita Rhodes says, "
We've been doing it ever since last year... maybe November."
To check out the results of the competition click onto the following links:
|-Top Students Results|
|-2005 Overall Results|