A team of three eighth graders from Frisco ISD’s Scoggins Middle School brought home the top prize from the annual "Aiming for the Stars" African-American Male Academic Bowl held in January at The University of Texas at Dallas.
It was an all-FISD final, with students from Maus Middle School taking second place in the contest.
The bowl is designed to liberate, validate and accentuate passion among African-American males to excel in school and beyond. The event also promotes out-of-school learning and provides supplemental access to information and relationships that can be of paramount importance to lifelong academic success.
Frisco ISD has participated in the contest for the past few years, with Scoggins, Maus and Roach middle schools sending teams to compete in the Academic Bowl this year. Students participate in a quiz-bowl format, answering questions in categories such as math, science, engineering, technology, historically black colleges and universities, as well as African-American CEOs, medical pioneers and civil rights leaders.
Scoggins Counselor Christie Combest coordinates the bowl program on campus each year, and believes that it serves an important purpose for the students who participate.
"Many of our young men need the connection that this team provides,” she said. “They learn how to work together toward a common goal that is academic, and begin to really see themselves as scholars and leaders."
Members of the winning team include Cedron Webb, Kendall Williams and Trey Goodloe of Scoggins. Second place winners include Ikechukwu "Ike" Ohumaegbulem, Brian A. Moore and Alvin "Nick" Magolo of Maus. The Scoggins students won laptops, while the Maus students won Kindle Fires.
The groups are coached by teachers, parents and community volunteers, including Kevin Porter at Scoggins and Brian Reed at Maus.