Young Black Scholars from L.A. area – Junior Division champions, Corrine Adams and Brianna Goodall, of St. Philomena Catholic School.
Young Black Scholars from L.A. area – Senior Division champions, (l to r) Christian Ralph of Loyola High School; Sunni James, Southwest Middle College High School; and Darrin Cottrell, Verbum Dei High School.
Los Angeles, CA – Five students of the Young Black Scholars (YBS) program, (an educational activity of the 100 Black Men of Los Angeles), participated in the 100 Black Men of America’s National African American Challenge Bowl Competition held in San Francisco on June 10.
In its fifteenth year, the competition is designed to test the knowledge of students in African and African American History, from the 15th Dynasty to modern times.
The Senior High School Division (consisting of Christian Ralph, Darrin Cottrell, and Sunni James) and The Junior High School Division (consisting of Corrine Adams & Brianna Goodall) defeated more than 15 other teams through the local and national rounds of the competition and brought home both Championships.
“I want to congratulate our students on their preparation and victory,” said Jewett L. Walker, Jr., President, 100 Black Men of Los Angeles (100 BMLA). “Latrice Jordan and Ronald Goodall did a magnificent job in coaching our teams. Our YBS Executive Director Patricia Rillera has placed a high priority on educational excellence and it’s no accident so many championships have been won under her leadership.”
This was the third consecutive victory for 100 BMLA’s Junior Division – a first for the annual competition. They have won five total. The Senior Division has won six championships.
Formed in 1981, 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) civic and community based organization that serves as a catalyst for the disadvantaged and underrepresented segments of the community and is the second oldest chapter of 100 Black Men of American, Inc. Through its premier Young Black Scholars program, 100 BMLA has successfully sent over 20,000 youth to colleges and universities throughout the country. With an emphasis on its national initiatives: Mentoring, Education, Health and Wellness and Economic Development, 100 BMLA is committed to continually serving the Los Angeles community.
The Young Black Scholars Program is dedicated to insuring college preparation, leadership development, community responsibility and successful life planning. Since 1986, YBS has assisted students in “realizing” the pursuit of a college education and currently boast an alumnus of more than 20,000 students. Hosting more than 40 academic and cultural enrichment activities every academic year, the Young Black Scholars program is a pioneer in academic intervention and college preparation. YBS is active in more than 170 high schools in Southern California and has had graduates accepted at over 110 colleges and universities across the nation.