2010-04-08 / Living

West Middle School students win African-America quiz bowl

BY DARRYL Q. TUCKER STAFF WRITER

Lyric Bonner, JeMiah Gibbs and Jasmyn Phillips, all 14-year-old eighth-graders at West Middle School, are members of the Bobcats which captured top honors in February during at the African American Quiz Bowl Competition at Flint Public Library. This is the second consecutive year the team won. Not pictured is Brent Davis. Photo by Darryl Q. Tucker Lyric Bonner, JeMiah Gibbs and Jasmyn Phillips, all 14-year-old eighth-graders at West Middle School, are members of the Bobcats which captured top honors in February during at the African American Quiz Bowl Competition at Flint Public Library. This is the second consecutive year the team won. Not pictured is Brent Davis. Photo by Darryl Q. Tucker GRAND BLANC TWP. — The Bobcatz answered questions ranging from African American history to slavery and to President Obama.

The Bobcatz, a team of four Grand Blanc West Middle School students, recently won the African American Quiz Bowl at the Flint Public Library.

Team members were Lyric Bonner, JeMiah Gibbs, Jasmyn Phillips and Brent Davis. All of them are 14-year-old eighthgraders.

This is the second year in a row the team won the bowl. This year they competed against two other teams.

“We just answered the questions about facts in African American history,” said Bonner.

Some of the topics included the famed Apollo Theater in New York, shrines to Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta, Ga., Jesse Jackson and blacks and women acquiring the right to vote.

The Bobcatz received trophies, books on African American history and certificates showing their win.

“It’s an honor and a privilege,” Bonner said. “I’m happy that I learned facts about the past and that we represented the team.

“I’m glad the teachers took time to tell me about my past that if it were not for my ancestors we might not have the freedom we have today.”

Bonner was especially happy learning about amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

Phillips said she was honored winning the Quiz Bowl.

“It feels good to do something positive in life,” she said. “I like learning stuff about history. It was fun.”

Since coming to Middle School, Phillips said she has learned so much about African American history. She said she didn’t learn that much in elementary school.

“I can appreciate things more now,” Phillips said. “I don’t take it for granted.”

Gibbs said the team put a lot of preparation for the bowl and they were determined to win.

“We really wanted it,” Gibbs said. “We studied at lunch time and at home.”

Gibbs also said was a member of a winning African American quiz bowl team when she was in the fifth grade.

Learning new facts about African American history is fun “but there is still much more to learn.”

“Winning again makes me feel really good,” she said. “It was a great experience for me. I wouldn’t mind doing it again. I can keep doing the winning.”

The Flint Public Library sponsored the bowl.

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