Do you know the Pittsburgh native who was the first African-American player to appear in a “modern-era” professional football game at the quarterback position?

It was one of the easier questions in Urban Pathways Charter Schools’ Fourth Annual African American Quiz Bowl. The school came up with the quick-action knowledge competition to not only spur interest in African-American history among its students, but students across Western Pennsylvania, as well. This year’s competition was held at the August Wilson Center.

FIRST PLACE—Central Catholic High School, from left: Andrew Muse, Dan Mozley and Deklerk Ngakam, with Andrew Stockey.

This annual competition was open to all high schools in Allegheny County. Over the past four years, 30 area high schools have been represented. Andrew Stockey, who served as the event’s host, tested contestants on their knowledge in five categories: Famous People, History, Sports, Sciences and Arts/ Entertain­­ment. The competition is designed to test students’ knowledge of African-American history and to bring students from different schools together for a fun, educational purpose.

UPCS are public charter schools organized as a nonprofit corporation and committed to operating in a non-sectarian manner. The schools help each of its approximately 500 students in grades K-12 find a pathway that leads toward a successful adult life in the city environment and beyond. For more information, visit or call 412-392-4601.

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