Urban League Students Boost Their Education During College Tour and Competition

Alica Brown
April 23, 2015

Urban League Students Boost Their Education During College Tour and Competition

Fort Lauderdale, FL – April 23, 2015 – This spring, more than 75 youth in the Urban League of Broward County enhanced their education by touring colleges and participating in a Brain Bowl competition.

Close to 60 teens visited six universities across Florida to get a better understanding of college life and learn about opportunities to attend those schools. The colleges they visited were University of Florida, University of South Florida, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Florida State University, Bethune Cookman University, and University of Central Florida.

Around the same time, about 20 other students won awards in National Achievers Society’s Annual State Brain Bowl Competition in Tampa. The Brain Bowl is designed to motivate students to improve skills in mathematics, writing and reading. Students prepare for the competition for months by solving challenging mathematical problems; reading college level written works; and learning and using advanced vocabulary in writing and speech.


“Our students learned so much this year on the tour of the colleges and in the competition in the Brain Bowl,” said Germaine Smith-Baugh, Ed.D., president and CEO of Urban League of Broward County. “We’re proud of them and all they have accomplished.”

Congratulations to the following students for winning in these Brain Bowl categories:

Math 11-12 grade: Meshak Cole, Steffany Accime, Devi Lakhlani, Kendra Washington, and Geanae Brown (Coach Grace Grant-Brown)

Math 9-10 grade: Ayoola Gayle, Serena Francois, Jabari Cole, Shane Munoz, and Kamryn Washigton (Coach Grace Grant-Brown)

Math 6-8 grade: Yazmin Lee, Theresa Hayden, Seth Williams, Sayidana Escoffery, and Basil Saunders (Coach Andrea Clarke)

NAS Voices and Speech Oratory: Cornelia Fraser

Word Wizard: Jonathan Lyra

Talent: Caila Comrie 

Competing in the competition requires maintain good grades and participating in scholastics.

The Urban League is grateful to our funders -- Comcast and Florida Education Fund -- for covering the costs for our students to participate in the Brain Bowl. We are also thankful to the Jim Moran Foundation and Comcast for supporting college tour.


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