Friday, February 7, 2014
The Mu Alpha Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity will hold its annual Black History Bowl at the Citadel on Saturday Feb. 8 and Laing Middle School students plan to be there.
Laing School Resource Officer Jermaine Gilliard volunteered to take five students to the Bowl this year. He began training the contestants last week and plans to spend nearly 30 hours reviewing and quizzing them on 350 questions and answers.
“We congratulate our Laing Middle School and Wando High School students for going to the Bowl,” said Mayor Linda Page. “Thank you for our Mount Pleasant Police Department SROs for taking the lead and engaging the youth of our community. We wish them the best as they compete for recognition and scholarships.”
SRO Gilliard, a former student at Jennie Moore Elementary School, Laing Middle School, and Wando High School fosters a strong bond with students. “The Black History Bowl is a perfect opportunity to hone our skills and remember our history,” he said. “It reminds us all that we don’t know where we’re going until we know where we’ve been.”
“We are very excited to see eight of our pupils compete again at the Bowl this year,” said Laing Principal James Whitehair. “I would like to commend Zoe Ascue, Elasha Butler, James Gillam, Kaijhana Johnson, and Savannah Scott for their dedication and civic pride.”
The Bowl started in 1979 and was created to stimulate the exploration of history and scholarships among Lowcountry students.
Last year, 12 teams from local schools and churches competed in three divisions comprised of 150 elementary, middle and high school students. Teams came from Burke, Stall, Windsor Hill, Charleston Development Academy, Mitchell Elementary of Math and Science, Summerville Delta Teen Academy, Laing Middle and Mount Moriah.