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Monday, March 2, 2015
Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster ISD
After weeks of preparation and anticipation, all of the hard work paid off as Team All-Stars from Houston Elementary and Team LHS Extraordinary of Lancaster High School were crowned the winners of the 2nd Annual District My History Bowl Project: African American Academic Competition.
Twelve student teams in the Junior Division and 14 Senior Division teams, including one team from Zion Chapel, a local church, participated in the multi-round, bracket style competition at Lancaster High School to see who would be the history champions.
According to Executive Director of Professional Development Connie Isabell, the goal was to educate students.
"This year, the students seemed to be more engaged and excited about the past," she said.
This is the second year that a team from Houston Elementary won the competition with training from their coaches: Brandi Barnett, Linda Casteel and Paula Daugherty.
"Our students really studied hard and improved after each of our practice sessions," All-Stars Team Coach Linda Casteel, who is also the Technology instructor at Houston Elementary, said.
Houston Elementary Art instructor Brandi Barnett worked with Casteel to prepare the All-Stars and was excited to see the educational impact of the preparation.
"It feels great knowing that I was a part of helping children to learn about history," she said. "They were able to learn facts that won’t be taught in their regular classrooms, but the information is just as important. We call it the Black History Quiz Bowl, but really, it is a part of all of our history. It is my hope that the district quiz bowls will help spark an interest in our students that will continue beyond the actual contest."
Houston Elementary Physical Education instructor and team coach Paula Daugherty took a moment to recognize the efforts of the students’ families.
"The parents have been very supportive of working with their students at home and getting them to practices," she said.
All participants received certificates of participation. The winning teams received certificates, medals, and trophies. They will also participate in a national history tour later this year.
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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