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Student Teams Sponsored by SW Associate Professor Take Top Spots at Brain Bowl

Student Teams Sponsored by SW Associate Professor Take Top Spots at Brain Bowl

Part of the mission of the University of South Florida is to "foster intellectual development, and ensure student success in a global environment". Foundational to this mission is a diversity initiative that includes "...outreach and support services to the local elementary school, middle school, and high school students in hopes of ...[improving] academic achievement and career success among disadvantaged youth".

Dr. Guitele J Rahill sponsored two teams of seven students each. On February 13, 2019, these high school students competed in the Florida Education Fund's County and Regional History and Culture Brain Bowl.

Students spent months studying the Black Heritage trivia questions (1250) and reading the following books: Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race; The Fisher King, by Paule Marshall; and From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans, Chapters 11-20.

Dr. Rahill collaborated with local school social workers Julina Dolcer and Maggie Dulcio, parents of some of the students and coaches of the two teams. Berlande Blaise, a USF MSW student, provided invaluable support preparing the coaches and practicing with the student competitors.

The first place team will represent the Hillsborough County Center of Excellence in State competitions in March 2019. They will compete against nine other teams. If successful, each student will receive a full 4-year scholarship to the sate university of their choice.