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North Lake College hosts African American Male Academic Bowl

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North Lake College will host the Dallas County Community College District's third annual African American Male Academic Bowl – Aiming for the Stars – on Sat., Jan. 28, 2012.

Participants and their coaches are "Aiming for the Stars” in this event, which is presented by DCCCD, Project Still I Rise Inc. and the University of Texas at Dallas.

The program will feature a day of intense competition and mental focus by approximately 150 African-American young men in grades 4 through 7 who attend school in Dallas County and – for the first time – some from Tarrant County.  This program, now an annual event, encourages young African-American men to study hard, work hard and achieve their dreams... to aim high and succeed.

"The African American Male Academic Bowl is designed to liberate, validate and accentuate passion among African-American males to excel in school and beyond," says David Robinson, who is directing the program and is DCCCD’s coordinator of outreach.  "This event is intended to be a positive forum that promotes out-of-school learning and provides supplemental access to information and relationships that can be of paramount importance to life-long academic success."

Using a “Jeopardy”-style format, teams choose questions from one of five categories and earn point values based on difficulty. The two divisions – 4th/5th grades and 6th/7th grades – hold single-elimination rounds during the competition, culminating with a championship round for each group to determine the academic bowl winners.

The competition begins at 9 a.m. in the North Lake College Student Life Center. The public is invited to come out to celebrate and cheer on these young men as they participate in the area’s “Super Bowl” of brainy competition. The championship round will be held around noon.

North Lake College is located at 5001 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Irving. The event is free and open to the public.

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Editor's note: for interviews, photo opportunities and media support, please contact Gina Federer, marketing director, at 972-273-3006, or the North Lake College Public Information Office, 972-273-3004.

North Lake College is a member of the Dallas County Community College District. Educational opportunities are offered by the Dallas County Community College system without regard to race, color, age, national origin, religion, sex or sexual orientation.

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