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Goose Creek team wins NC/SC Black History Quiz Bowl

Published Thursday, May 9, 2019

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Members of the Goose Creek High Black History Quiz Bowl team pose for a photo after winning the regional competition in Durham, N.C. (Provided)

The Black History Quiz Bowl team at Goose Creek High has won three consecutive state championships. In previous years, the larger regional crown eluded the team.

This year was different.

The team from Goose Creek defeated a team from North Carolina to claim the win at the 74th regional quiz bowl hosted by the 6th District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity in Durham.

To get to the regional competition, students on the Goose Creek team had to first win a Lowcountry competition. That initial test of their knowledge was preceded my months of preparations that began in November.  As you can imagine, the team packed a whole lot of practices into those months.

Goose Creek teacher and Black History Quiz Bowl co-adviser Jessica Olin said what she believes to be the team’s greatest strength made all the practices less of a challenge and more of a retreat.

“I believe that the most impressive part of this team is the relationships the students have with one another. They are encouraging to one another and can jest with one another when we practice,” Ms. Olin said. “They can be competitive with one another, but they always have a smile of their faces when they beat someone else to a question during practice. They try to help each other come up with ways to remember content, and when you watch them interact, you can tell they have a special bond. They are amazing students to be around.”  

The team is comprised of students Jerrell Alston (11th), Jayla Byrant (10th), Marcus Hermanstyne (12th)  Tyler Steigler (12th) and Treasure Taylor (11th). In addition to Ms. Olin, Goose Creek teacher Kathy Freeman also serves as an adviser to the team.

While the team will lose what Ms. Olin describes as “tremendous” experience in its 12th-graders, she’s confident younger team members will only become stronger and has faith in students to join the team next year after competing on the middle school level. Some students, Ms. Olin said, were involved in the competition for more than five years.

When studying for the competition, students focused on various assigned categories such as politics, science, music and art.