WINNERS—Adedipupo Dina and Samir Namoro hold trophy as 100 Black Men members show their support.
Adedipupo Dina and Samir Namoro made history at the 100 Black Men of America, Inc., African American History Academic Challenge Bowl. Adedipupo and Samir competed with students from 110 chapters in the national competition in New Orleans after winning the local chapter’s competition, held in partnership with Pittsburgh Public Schools, back in February.
The two young men outsmarted their competition from across the country to win the senior division. This is the first time in the organization’s history that a team from western Pennsylvania took home a first place title.
Each of the young men received a $3,000 scholarship, gift cards and a gold medallion. Recent graduate Samir, who dreams of becoming a surgeon, will apply his award to the University of Pittsburgh in the fall.
Samir did not attend his graduation to compete in the challenge. Adedipupo, a junior, plans to attend college with a major in engineering.
The two students, who participate in the 100 Black Men of Western Pennsylvania Mentoring program at their school, prepared for the competition with the help of mentors Bob Burley and Jason Rivers.
The African American History Academic Challenge is one of the most prestigious awards given by the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. to their students. The goal is to encourage pride, self-worth and an appreciation of Black legacy and culture.
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