High school students Khalil Tutt and Kendrick Tutt let out a victory cry on the damp front lawn of their church as they lifted teammate Jordan Conley onto their shoulders, showing off their victory trophies from this year’s Black History Knowledge Bowl Competition held at UT Tyler.
Three years ago, the team — named Ebenezer, to represent their church — was asked by their pastor Mittie Muse if they were interested in competing in the event.
They accepted the proposal and went to work, studying all 250 questions in the study guide. The team would be competing against 15 other groups, including two schools and six churches in the quiz show event.
The team won second place in their first competition. They realized they loved the competition and wanted to continue participating.
In the following year, they studied hard and pulled off a first place victory. After continuing the trend this year, the team beamed with excitement as they spoke about what the competition meant to them.
Jordan Conley, a senior in his last year of competition, felt inspired by what he learned through the many hours of studying, and said he will miss the participating.