LCPS hosts Black history Month Trivia Contest!

LCPS hosts Black history Month Trivia Contest!
Posted on 02/27/2020

For complete photo highlights, click here! If you’re looking for someone well-versed in African American history, you don’t have to look any further than the students at Louisa County Public Schools!


Louisa County Public Schools hosted its second annual Black History Month Trivia Contest on Wednesday, February 26th at Louisa County Middle School. Twelve students from the division’s four elementary students competed in the contest, with Jouett Elementary School fifth-grader Laurel Verbos taking home the title of champion!


In total, the students competed for a little more than an hour. During that time, they correctly answered 92 questions concerning a variety of topics in African American history.


The contest, now in its second year, debuted in 2019 thanks to the initiative and sponsorship of Kerry Wynn, a 2009 graduate of Louisa County High School and NFL defensive lineman. Through his “Why Not Me? Foundation,” Wynn provided cash prizes of $100, $75, and $50 for the top three competitors. Wynn also provided gift cards for all 12 students. Afterward, Wynn said he was once again impressed by the level of knowledge on display by the students.


“This contest means a lot to me because it’s important for us to continuously highlight African American history in schools,” Wynn said. “To come out here and watch these students display how much they’ve been taught in school and to see how much research they’ve done to gain that knowledge, it’s great.”


The process of whittling the division competition down to the 12 finalists began in early February. All fifth graders at LCPS were given a 25-question online quiz. The top three scorers from each school were invited to the finale on Wednesday. 


For the first 75 questions of Wednesday’s competition, students fielded multiple-choice questions, having to choose the correct answer out of three options. In the second phase of the competition, students received questions in the format of true/false and either/or. The contest featured questions concerning a variety of topics, such as business, entertainment, sports, education, military, science, and more! To win, Verbos correctly fielded questions for 19 consecutive rounds.


LCPS Superintendent Doug Straley praised Wynn for his initiative and work to help organize the contest.


“We talk about citizenship a lot here at Louisa County Public Schools, and Kerry embodies that quality,” Straley said. “He’s a fantastic role model for our students and he is someone I know our entire community can take a lot of pride in. He continues to donate his time and effort to make this world a better place, and we’re really thankful to have him as a member of our team.”


The 12 finalists competed before a packed house. More than 75 students in social studies classes at LCMS dropped by the check out the action. Also in attendance were Louisa NAACP President Greg Jones and Wynn’s uncle, Louisa County Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Director James Smith.


For complete photos of the competition, please visit the school division’s website at lcps.k12.va.us.


1st Place - Laurel Verbos (Jouett Elementary School)

2nd Place - Brody Spangler (Jouett Elementary School)

3rd Place - Cameron Brown (Thomas Jefferson Elementary School)


Other competitors:

Hunter Johnson (Jouett Elementary School)

Bella Mancio (Moss-Nuckols Elementary School)

Brannon Tifft (Moss-Nuckols Elementary School)

Brayden Nemec (Moss-Nuckols Elementary School)

Abbygale Withers (Thomas Jefferson Elementary School)

Hailey Chiles (Thomas Jefferson Elementary School)

Ella Prescott (Trevilians Elementary School)

Isabel Sweat (Trevilians Elementary School)

Xavier Jovel (Trevilians Elementary School)


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