NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY CHALLENGE COMPETITION IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
The 100 Black Men of Omaha, Inc. (100) hosted its 19th Annual African American History Challenge (AAHC) on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Omaha North High STEM Magnet School, 4410 North 36th Street, Omaha, NE 68104. The goal of the competition is to foster an appreciation of African-American history and culture in Omaha youth.
Since 2001, the 100BMO has awarded over $400,000 in prizes and scholarships to deserving middle and high school students in partnership with Omaha Public Schools (OPS). By marshaling support from the corporate, philanthropic and educational community, this event has been sustained for nineteen years. This year’s event was sponsored in part by Cox Business, Great Plains Black History Museum, State Farm Insurance, Sherman Willis Agency and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
The competition is divided into senior and junior divisions. This year’s local winners were Senior Division, Omaha Northwest High Magnet School and Junior Division, Beveridge Magnet School for Global Studies and the Arts. The winning teams from each division received cash prizes and an all-expense paid trip to compete at the 100 Black Men of America’s National Conference held June 12th – June 16th in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Omaha Northwest High Magnet School, Senior Division, Lal Nuni, HToo Say and Tehya Wynne, coached by Miss McCoy, took FIRST PLACE in the National Senior Division. As First Place finishers, they received $3,000 scholarship, medallions, and educational items.
Beveridge Magnet School for Global Studies and the Arts. Junior Division, Kennedy Alati, Dee-Dee Djon and Briana Reza-Rivera, coached by Chad Carlson and Sheila McCauley, took FIRST PLACE in the National Junior Division. As First Place finishers, they received cash prizes, medallions, and educational items.
Both teams will be recognized by OPS at its July 15th Board of Education Meeting.