Barber Middle School Students Compete in Black History Bowl, Advance to Next Round

Two teams of students from Barber Middle School recently tested their knowledge of Black History when they competed in this year’s preliminary rounds of the Black History Bowl in Cobb County. 

One of the teams placed second, securing a spot at the championship competition on Feb. 8 at Mount Paran Christian School. The advancing Barber team includes the following students: Jason Wallace, Mariam Kamau, Jiyah Skipper, Ciara Whimbush, and Courtney Lewis

The teams competed by answering a variety of black history-related questions in science, the arts, education, sports, entertainment, civil rights, politics and more in a fast-paced buzz-in style format. The Bowl aimed to raise and deepen the awareness of the vital role played by African Americans in the rich history of our country.  

“It’s important for students to understand the rich history of our African American leaders,” said Barber STEM teacher Saundra Watts. “Students are learning and making connections between old and new. Each student has something special to bring to the table. This opportunity allows students to network and improve social skills with students he or she may not typically have a class with.”  

Moderators for the preliminary rounds included CBS46 anchors Shon Gables and Brittany Miller, Fox 5 anchor Marissa Mitchell, WSB-TV anchor Dave Huddleston, Cobb County commissioners Lisa Cupid and Kelli Gambrill, Comedian/Actress/Former Miss Cobb County Lace Larrabee, Marietta Councilwoman Michelle Cooper Kelly, Cobb County Juvenile Judge Kareem West, Realtor Donna Hogan, and Iron Chef Zeke Jean-Louis. 

The finals for the Black History Bowl on Feb. 8 will be moderated by longtime community affairs director Jocelyn Dorsey, who retired last year after 45 years with WSB-TV. Ms. Dorsey was the first African American news anchor in the metro Atlanta market.  

The Black History Bowl is presented by the Kennesaw Teen Center, a nonprofit that provides academic, social and personal enrichment through workshops, classes and programs after school and during the summer for rising sixth through eighth-graders.