Showers wins brain bowl — again


The Showers of Blessings Harvest Center brain bowl team takes first place at the bowl.

ASHLEY CRANE/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 2:03 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 2:03 p.m.

Youth from the Showers of Blessings Harvest Center are winners — again.

The team was declared the brain bowl winner of the King Celebration 2013 Black History Cultural Bowl and Spelling Bee after defeating the 7th Street Saints in a sudden-death round.

Showers also won the event last year.

The team from Showers consisted of Elissa Harris, Cierra King, Antwain Patterson, Kelly White, Jermanica Wilson and Ariel Word.

“Oh my God. I am very proud of our team because we studied really hard, we prayed, we did everything,” said Ariel, the team captain. “We had to defend our title once again and we were a little nervous at first, but took it all home in the end.”

The spelling bee, which featured fifth-grade students only, was held first at the event last Thursday night at the King Center. Caleb Goston won the first-place trophy for spelling the word “anthropology” correctly after the first runner-up, Jaelyn Hargrove of the 7th Street Saints, did not say “capital D” while spelling Delaware.

Caleb said preparing for the spelling bee was not an easy task.

“I practiced everyday, and my grandmother (Thelma Goston) just hammered me on it every day we practiced, and we practiced every day,” said a smiling Caleb said as he walked out of the King Center with his trophy in hand and his proud grandfather, Charles Goston, by his side. “I was nervous at first, but was pretty confident I was going to win.”

The other competitors in the spelling bee were Angel Curtis, Khamari Douglas, Rozilyn Robertson and Darien Daniels, all of the Woodland Park Boys & Girls Club, and Jailen Watson of the Saints, who are students from the community who attend youth programs at The Salvation Army.

In the brain bowl portion of the event, the rules call for a sudden-death round if no team is ahead by at least two points at the end of regulation.

The questions in regulation came from study packets given to the students months ago, while the sudden-death questions deal with current events.

Showers of Blessings won the coin toss, but failed to answer the first question, which was about Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. The Saints did not know the answer either, so the team earned the first chance to answer the second question, which was about the recent movie, “Django Unchained," which is set during slavery in the U.S. The Saints did not know the answer, but the Showers team answered correctly by saying “Django.”

However, Tabre Watson, coach of the Saints, protested that the correct name of the movie is “Django Unchained.”

Her protest was to no avail and Showers of Blessings was declared the winner. The team earned a trophy and a $500 check from the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Florida Inc., which sponsors the annual event, as well as a host of other annual King Celebration activities.

The Saints received a check for $300 for second place. Members of the team were Xavier Artis, Omar Davis, Brandon Morgan, Ezreonna Strickland, Talia Turgerson, Ariel Watson (captain) and Jada Young.

Showers of Blessings made it to the championship round by defeating the Precious Pearls, a group of high school girls sponsored by the Mu Upsilon Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. The members of the team were Taylor Certain, LaMicah Lindsey (co-captain), Nataleh Howard, Adonnis Monroe, Joni Perkins and Kamille Wade (captain).

The Saints made it to the championship round by defeating a team from the Woodland Park Boys & Girls Club. The members of the Woodland Park team were Kendrick Hill (co-captain), Jacobi King, Charles Jones, Justin Nattiel, Hayward Slater (captain) and Zachery Woods.

Each student who participated in the event received a certificate of appreciation and some received King Commission T-shirts with the name of the event and the date on them.

“All of you are winners,” said Rodney Long, president and founder of the King Commission during his closing remarks.

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