Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster ISD
The Lancaster Independent School District cordially invites the community to the 2015 My History Bowl Project: African American Academic Competition on Saturday, February 21 at Lancaster High School located at 200 E. Wintergreen Road starting at 9 a.m.
This is the second year for this educational district-wide competition, which will consist of two divisions: a junior division for students in grades 3-5 and a senior division for students in grades 6-12. The students have prepared for weeks with their coaches to compete in a bracket-styled competition to see who will be crowned as the champion of African American history.
“Traditionally, schools teach a survey of all cultures and history and thus, do not have the time to explore in-depth the contributions of any one culture,” Executive Director of Teacher & Leadership Development Connie Isabell said. “We must intentionally create opportunities to expose them to current and past models of success so that they can began to see themselves differently.”
Isabell said that this competition is valuable and highlights a link between ethnic education and student self-pride.
“Beyond knowing history for history’s sake, we believe that participants in these kinds of tournaments are sure to come away with a renewed sense of pride in the courageous works of those who came before us and, hopefully, a revived sense of duty to continue and expand those good works.”
Many of the returning student participants and coaches are revving up for the second year to challenge their peers.
George Washington Carver 6th Grade STEM Learning Center student, Traylan Terrell said that at first, he had his doubts about participating.
“I thought it was going to be boring at first,” he said. “But, as I started to going to the practices, I thought that it was kind of cool so I just went along with it.”
Terrell was a member of the 2014 Junior Division champion team and he is returning to compete again this year in the Senior Division.
The teams are almost evenly split in the junior and senior divisions. They will participate in timed rounds of questioning and will try obtain the highest number of points in the rounds to make it to next level. By the close of the competition, there will be a single team in each division declared as the winner. Winners will receive medals, certificates and participate in a history tour later this year.
“Aside from the rote remembrance of history facts, we hope this competition will also accomplish two major objectives,” Isabell said. “We aim to deepen our student’s sense of self and racial pride and to provide opportunities to enhance their life skills like research, teamwork, reasoning, communication and cooperation.”
This competition complements the district’s emphasis to focus on preparing students to learn more about their history outside of the traditional specified heritage months and to engage in the difficult work of transforming our students’ self-concept.
Students, parents and community members are invited to attend this community event. There is no fee to participate, but sponsors and supporters are welcomed.
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The Lancaster Public Schools serve more than 6,000 pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students in 11 schools. The mission of the Lancaster Independent School District, a leader in providing innovative, quality programs, is to educate every student with the knowledge; skills; and principles to succeed and contribute in a competitive and technologically advancing world by providing rigorous and engaging learning opportunities that promote diversity; create an environment of integrity and respect; and establish a commitment to continued improvement in partnership with families and community.
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