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Louisa students excel at black history

Posted on Monday, March 4, 2019 at 5:00 am

Jouett Elementary School student Owen Yarrington (c) won the 2019 Black History Trivia Contest sponsored by The Kerry Wynn Why Not Me Foundation Tuesday. Behind him are Jouett Elementary School Principal Justin Griggs (l) and NFL player Kerry Wynn (r).
(Photo by Louisa County Public Schools)

When it comes to black history trivia, Louisa County elementary school students really know their stuff.

Twelve students from Louisa County’s four elementary schools competed Tuesday in the 2019 Black History Trivia Contest sponsored by The Kerry Wynn Why Not Me Foundation.

The foundation’s namesake  is a Louisa native and defensive end for the New York Giants. He drove down from New York Monday night to be part of Tuesday morning’s panel that quizzed the students. The youth answered more than 90 questions correctly over the course of 70 minutes until a winner was declared.

Owen Yarrington, a student at Jouett Elementary School, claimed the top spot. In addition to winning a $100 prize, Yarrington had Wynn sign a football that the student brought with him to the contest.

Natalie Spencer, also of Jouett, was named second-place winner for a prize of $75, while Delilah Thomas, of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, was awarded $50 for her third-place win.

Wynn, who participated in a similar contest organized by The Association for the Study of African American Life and History when he was in fifth grade at Jouett Elementary School, wanted to bring the contest back to students.

(Article by Deana Meredith)

This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s Feb. 28, 2019 issue.

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