Weir High hosts Black History Bowl

WEIRTON – Several Weir High School students demonstrated their knowledge of black history Thursday, taking part in the second-annual Carter G. Woodson Black History Bowl in the school’s theater.

Sitting on stage in front of their peers, three teams of students competed by answering questions concerning both local and national African-American history.

“I’m just very proud of all of you for participating,” Helen Jackson-Gillison, president and chief executive officer of the West Virginia All Black Schools Sports and Academic Hall of Fame, said. “We know you had to study hard for this.”

The Hall of Fame organized the history bowl, launching it in 2012 with a competition at Weir High School.

“Next year we hope to have it countywide,” she said, noting her ultimate goal would be to have a state competition and be able to present scholarships to the winning teams.

This year’s winning team was the I Have a Dream Team, captained by Tyler Conrad, with Ontasia Petteway, Dominique Gilbert, Matt Tenaglio, Katarina Alatis and Shane Spencer.

They earned a total score of 80 points.

Other teams were Team Soul Force – which finished with 70 points – comprised of captain Carl Howard, Ben Suter, Ashlee Vandruff, Kristen Tuell, Bryan Phillips and Alexis Virtue; and Freedom Riders – with 40 points – the members of which were captain Kristen Mastrantoni, Michael Curtis, Jamie Kikilidis, Josh Groves, Stephen White, and Courtney Schexnayder.

Weir High School Principal Dan Enich congratulated the participating students and their teachers, noting he, too, would like to see the competition continue and grow.