Campbell Middle, Atlantic High, Black Male Explorers win Brain Bowl competition

Campbell Middle members Lani Reyne, coach Ariel Brown, Douglas Sasser, Evie Siden-stricker, Vondrea Barnes and Dentonae Gordon pose with NCNW Brain Bowl Coordinator Atavia White (second from left) and NCNW section President Irma Jamison (right). The Campbell students won first place in the 2020 NCNW Black History Brain Bowl middle school division.

The Daytona Beach Community Section of the National Council of Negro Women recently staged its 14th annual NCNW Black History Brain Bowl at Bethune-Cookman University.

The winners of the event, which attracted students from throughout Volusia County, are as follows:

First-place, high school—Atlantic High, Daytona Beach, coached by Harriet Fordham. Team members were Shanijah Wiggins, Essence Wallace, Sharen Hasugulgam and Angelica Garcia.

Second-place, high school—Black Male Explorers group sponsored by Bethune-Cookman
University. Team members were Jayden Davis, Davion Willis, Joven Harper and Michael Thompson.

First-place, middle school—Campbell Middle School, coached by Ariel Brown. Team members were Lani Reyne, Douglas Sasser, Evie Sidenstricker, Vondrea Barnes and Dentonae Gordon.

Second-place, middle school –Black Male Explorers group sponsored by Bethune-Cookman University. Team members were Tyler Shallop, Melvin Ford, Alex Porter and Feral Brown.

Atavia White, coordinator of the event, said the purpose of the Brain Bowl is to encourage children to increase their knowledge of African American history.

“There are a lot of Blacks whose contributions to this country and to the world, for that matter, go unrecognized in classroom discussions of American history,” White said.

2020 sponsors

Gina Fountain, chairperson for the brain bowl committee, said the section was grateful for the support it received this year from the following sponsors: Bethune Grill, Rufus Johnson Geico, Tony Pearson, Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry and Daytona Beach Commissioners Paula Reed, Quanita May and Dannette Henry. Also, Publix Supermarkets and Greater New Zion Primitive Baptist Church were sponsors.

Founded by the late Mary McLeod Bethune in 1935, the National Council of Negro Women Inc. is a coalition of organizations dedicated to improving the lives of women and their families. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the organization has outreach to more than 4 million women nationwide through community and college sections.


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