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Middle schoolers compete in black history bowl

Mundy’s Mill takes top prize

Photo by Johnny Jackson 
Babb Middle School’s Daniel Penaloz, 12, looks out onto a crowd of parents and students during the Black History Month 2013 Quiz Bowl in Rex.

Photo by Johnny Jackson Babb Middle School’s Daniel Penaloz, 12, looks out onto a crowd of parents and students during the Black History Month 2013 Quiz Bowl in Rex.

MORROW — The youngsters were served a feast of questions.

Over the past month, they digested a century’s worth of black history and were able to answer questions with relative ease during the Black History Month quiz bowl Saturday.

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Photo by Johnny Jackson Members of Evelyn Pollard’s team at Morrow Middle School take questions during the early rounds of Saturday’s quiz bowl.

Seventh-graders Daniel Penaloz and Alicia Jones participated on a six-member team from Babb Middle School.

Penaloz, 12, said he volunteered to participate in the competition because social studies interests him and he was willing to learn more about black history.

Jones had other reasons to compete.

“I’m not as skilled in social studies so I thought this would be a good opportunity to catch up,” said Jones, 12.

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Photo by Johnny Jackson Clayton County Commissioner Sonna Singleton (left) observes students as they prepare for Saturday’s Black History Month quiz bowl.

District 1 County Commissioner Sonna Singleton organized the inaugural middle school quiz bowl.

The competition was held at Travelers Rest Baptist Church in Morrow and featured Adamson, Babb, Kendrick, Morrow, Mundy’s Mill, North Clayton and Pointe South middle schools.

Singleton, who used to work as a graduation coach at Morrow High, said the idea came from a school-level quiz bowl activity she helped coordinate.

“This is a great opportunity for the community to learn more about the great accomplishments of African-Americans and the contributions we have made to this country,” said Singleton. “I am even more excited at the opportunity to showcase the bright, intelligent and academically focused students that we have in Clayton County middle schools.”

Moneleto C. Irby of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice is also the youth director at Travelers Rest. He moderated Saturday’s contest.

“It’s extremely important,” Irby said. “We need to know our history so that we can know where we came from and where we’ve been.”

Mundy’s Mill Middle took first place in the bowl, earning each team member a $50 savings bond and a medal. The team was coached by Valerie Harmon.

Wayne Clayton coached the second-place Kendrick Middle team. Members received medals and $25 savings bonds.

Both first and second place teams received individual medals and a team trophy.

The third-place Pointe South Middle bowl team was coached by Carol Horne. Each member was awarded a medal.

Each team that participated in the Black History Month quiz bowl received a plaque.