Baton Rouge, LA – Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center hosted the 18th Annual Black History Quiz Bowl, February 23 at A. O. Williams Hall. This year, the Timbuktu Academy team took first place in the nine-team competition. Last year, Capitol High School took home the prize.
SU Ag Center and the College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences jointly organize the event involving stiff competition among high school and college students under the leadership of Dr. Owusu Bandele, professor emeritus, horticulture.
“It was a great competition; it is all in the preparation,” said an elated Bandele at the end of several rounds of contests.
When asked why it was important to hold such competition, Paula Mensah of the Timbuktu Academy responded that preparing for events like this gives the younger generation an opportunity to learn and remember great African Americans who paved the way for them.
Team Coach Sharon Nash concurred with Mensah stating, “It is very important for students to learn about their heritage so they are not living a crippled life. It helps them to know who they are, and that they can excel in life.”