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Miami Gardens Heritage Bowl features City's best and brightest

City of Miami Gardens tests groups of students on Black History facts

Ashley Montgomery | 2/20/2014, 9 a.m.
The City of Miami Gardens alongside Mayor Oliver Gilbert held its 10th Annual Heritage Bowl at Florida Memorial University. The ...
Horace Mann Middle School students celebrate Heritage Bowl victory.  Korey Davis

The City of Miami Gardens alongside Mayor Oliver Gilbert held its 10th Annual Heritage Bowl at Florida Memorial University. The competition kicked off in the Lou Rawls Center for Performing Arts. 

Both middle and senior high school divisions of the competition began that morning at 10 a.m. and finals later that afternoon at 2 p.m. 

Miami Gardens 2014 Black History Celebration theme is: “Remembering the Past for a Greater Future,” which they say truly represents the culturally relevant activities planned in celebrating the rich contributions of people of color. 

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Mayor Oliver Gilbert and Raquel Alexander look on to see who would take on the Carter G. Woodson Achievement Award.

“This is a great opportunity for senior high and middle school students to demonstrate their mastery of Black history to the coveted Carter G. Woodson Achievement Award,” Starex Smith, assistant director at Miami Gardens Parks and Recreations said. 

After a long day of questioning and answering, Horace Mann Middle School contended with Lake Stevens Middle School. As for the senior high school division, Carol City Senior High School battles with William H. Turner Technical Arts High School in the final round. 

During a close battle, Horace Mann Middle School and Carol City Senior High ended up taking home a $500 prize that would be split amongst the team as well as the Carter G. Woodson Achievement Award.The composition of the Bowl is an academic quiz style tournament designed to increase knowledge on Black contributions to civilization and the modern era.

“This is important to our youth in so many ways — it’s not just about Black history. . . but American history,” Mayor Oliver Gilbert said. 

This event was established to engage the students with the goal of education and stimulating students’ love and understanding of their culture, ancestry and history. 

A Miami Times reporter caught up with Alapattah Middle School’s team and they all say that they look forward to participating in the event next year. 

“We prepared really hard for this competition — I made them take quizzes, had them do drills for the past two weeks,” Jaliz Albanese, Allapattah Middle School, 7th grade civics teacher said. 

“It was our first time competing but we are going to turn up next year,” Albanese said.