SOMS history bowl

Antonio Rhames of 100 Black Men of Madison, left, helped Savanna Oaks Middle School students Jazye Blunt, Magnolia Adanhou and Owen Charles finish second at the state African-American History Challenge Bowl Friday, April 12. During the trophy presentation, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes and Rep. Sheila Stubbs, right, posed for a photo with the team.

A team of Savanna Oaks Middle School students was one question short of making it to a national competition of the African-American History Challenge Bowl, finishing in second place..

The trio of seventh-grader Jazye Blunt and eighth-graders Magnolia Adanhou and Owen Charles competed in the state competition in the assembly chambers at the State Capitol building Friday, April 12, falling 10 points short of the Madison Metropolitan School District’s team, according to an email from SOMS counselor Asa Miura.

The team had won the Verona competition a week earlier to qualify for the state event.

Miura wrote that the team “competed with great focus and effort” after beginning to practice in February.

“We are so proud of their hard work and accomplishments at the state level,” he wrote.

Antonio Rhames with the 100 Black Men organization coached the team, and the second-place finishers got a photo with Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes and Rep. Sheila Stubbs after the state competition.

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