Superbowl: History buffs get in the game
By Lisa DeNeal Post-Tribune correspondent March 6, 2013 4:22PM
West Side Leadership Academy middle school students cheer on their team during the annual African-American Superbowl held Feb. 21, 2013 at the school in Gary, Ind. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media
At a glance
Results of the 22nd annual African-American Superbowl:
First place: Wirt-Emerson Visual Performing Arts and High Ability Academy
Second place: Banneker Achievement Center
Third place: Lew Wallace STEM Academy (Lew Wallace also won the “Spirit” Award.)
Fourth place: West Side Leadership Academy
Fifth place: Dunbar-Pulaski Middle School
Updated: May 6, 2013 2:14AM
Studying three hours a night paid off for Wirt-Emerson Visual and Performing Arts Academy students Denise Fuller, Mahogany Craft, Ackecia Stanley and Arianna Davis, first-place winners of the 22nd annual African-American Superbowl held Feb. 21 at West Side Leadership Academy in Gary.
The African-American Superbowl has middle school students competing for trophies and bragging rights based on their knowledge of African-American history.
“We created the African-American Superbowl as a way for our children to reflect on and celebrate the many accomplishments made by African-Americans,” coordinator Gloria Griffin said.
This year’s topic was the Harlem Renaissance.
“This is my first time in the African-American Superbowl and I am so glad we won,” Fuller said while admiring the trophy.
The team’s sponsor, Antoinette Dixon, said she was elated for the team.
“I am so happy for them. They truly worked hard and it paid off because the questions in the second round were tough,” she said.
The team also received studying help from Wirt-Emerson 11th-grader Toyea Lampley, 16, who asked Dixon if she could help coach them.
“I participated in the African-American Superbowl from sixth to eighth grade and I wanted us to bring the trophy back,” Lampley said.
The competition consists of three rounds: two multiple-choice rounds and a third round called “The Lightning Round,” where whichever team hits a buzzer first has to give an answer within seconds.
Examples of the trivia questions were:
† “The Universal Negro Improvement Association was founded by: a) Martin Luther King Jr.; b) Malcolm X; c) Rosa Parks; d) Marcus Garvey. The answer is Marcus Garvey.
† “In 1912, ‘The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man’ was published anonymously. This first novel belonged to a) James Weldon Johnson; b) Paul Lawrence Dunbar; c) Langston Hughes; d) Claude McKay. The answer is James Weldon Johnson.