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In the classroom: Students compete in Black history challenge

Posted at 8:25 AM, Feb 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-02 10:30:49-05

At Omaha North High School, teacher John Jackson has been peppering students with questions in preparation for an event that has been around since 2001. 

The event, hosted by 100 Black Men of Omaha, gives students an African American history trivia challenge. 

Teams of two from around the metro compete against each other, with a chance to win trophies and cash prizes. 

But even better, it makes students more aware of themselves, and students who are aware of themselves do better overall academically, according to Jackson. 

"Even though its hard to learn over 100 years of history, I think it can be fun," freshman Corie McCowin said.

"I am amazed by how much we have that I didn't realize, how much apart of this history I was," teammate Christina Short added. 

Correction: In the voice track of the story, it was stated that the event started in 1990, it actually began in 2001.