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SOAR High School soars to victory in Black Knowledge Bowl

March 18, 2012 |  2:52 pm

Alexis Hithe, left, Jennifer Williams, Sarah Grace Durham and Emani Stanford won the Black365 Knowledge Bowl
Members of Lancaster’s SOAR (Students on the Academic Rise) High School again showcased their knowledge of the African American experience by becoming back-to-back winners of Saturday’s Black365 Knowledge Bowl competition.

The "Jeopardy"-style contest that quizzed high school students on black history pitted the SOAR team against students from Antelope Valley High School, Palmdale’s Knight High School and Animo Locke II college preparatory charter high school in South Los Angeles.

Categories of the quiz included famous quotations, African flags, black inventors, great African leaders and political prisoners.

Prizes received by winning team members Alexis Hithe, Jennifer Williams, Sarah Grace Durham and Emani Stanford  included $150 to go toward educational expenses and a customized Black365 Knowledge Bowl Trophy.

According to Jamaal Brown, an Antelope Valley native and Cal State Long Beach graduate who launched the competition last year, the quiz aims to showcase the academic prowess of the primarily African American young people who participate in the event.


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Photo: Alexis Hithe, left, Jennifer Williams, Sarah Grace Durham and Emani Stanford of the SOAR High School team study for the Black365 Knowledge Bowl Competition. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times