SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES
The top spot in the eight annual National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) Black History Brain Bowl staged recently at Daytona State College went to a team of students from Seabreeze High School.
The team, coached by educator Agnes Ingram, was comprised of the following students: Andrew W. Baker, Hugh D. Woodard III, Justin Massey and Raymond N. Arieux. Each student received a Toshiba laptop computer. The runners-up, representing the National Honor Society at Atlantic High School, received Kindle e-readers.
“We are pleased to stage this event each year. We didn’t know what to expect when we started this competition in 2006 to fill what we felt was a void in the community. No one else – to our knowledge – was doing this in Volusia County,” said Valerie W. Lowery, chairman of the NCNW Black History Brain Bowl Committee. The competition is open to both middle and high school teams.
Investing in future
Eyvette Presley, co-chairman of the committee, said the purpose of the event is to educate Volusia County’s middle and high school students on historical and current events.
“We are honored as an organization to invest in the future of our young people as we create tomorrow’s leaders today and support them in order for them to achieve academic and personal success,” Presley said.
Some schools compete each year, Lowery said, adding the event is held annually on the last Saturday in February. This year’s event took place on Feb. 23.
Lola C. Young, section president, said the non-profit organization is grateful for the support it has received through the years from local businesspeople, city leaders and corporate sponsors like Bright House Networks.
The Brain Bowl is one of several community service projects carried out by the local section. Others include Educate to Elevate, which involves donations of books and supplies to area elementary school. The most recent recipient was Turie T. Small Elementary.
The group also has made donations to the Salvation Army Christmas Angel Tree, donated luggage for foster children to the Children’s Home Society, and helped sponsor youth swimming lessons, among other things.
The Daytona Beach section is part of a national organization founded in 1935 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. The national headquarters is located in Washington, D.C. The 501 C (3) organization has more than 250 community sections across the country, with outreach to more than 1.4 million women. The national website is www.ncnw.org.
For more information about the local section, call 386-299-0007 or 386 253-1753.