By Michele Dotson

Screen Shot 2014-02-28 at 2.28.02 PMSix students from Mint Hill Middle participated in the Annual Black History Quiz Bowl held for the first time at Carmel Middle School on Saturday, February 22.

Students from the south, east and central learning communities competed in a “Jeopardy”-style quiz bowl and answered questions about black history vocabulary, arts and entertainment, sports, inventors and famous firsts. 

Representing Mint Hill Middle School were Rosie McKenzie-Blue, Gloria McKenzie-Blue, Julian McKenzie-Blue, Christine Pierce, Emma Horner, and Abigail Dixon. Coach Tyrone Knox organized the team, which is participating for the second year.

The team only had a few weeks’ practice time, but fared very well until being knocked out of the 3rd round by Carmel.

“I have all seventh graders,” says Knox, “so we’ll have a little more experience next year, and more time to practice and prepare.”

Students were excited to try something new and learn about history.

“I wanted to learn more about black history,” says Gloria McKenzie-Blue, the team’s high scorer with 3,400 points.

Participating schools were Carmel, Community House, Kennedy, McClintock, Mint Hill and Randolph middle schools.