Hillsborough School Social Worker’s Teams Gunning for 2019 Black History Brain Bowl 4-Year Scholarship

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – On February 13, 2019, Hillsborough County Center of Excellence held the county and regional History and Culture Brain Bowl competition from November 2018 through February 2019, underwritten by the Florida Education Fund. Julina Dolce Gurganious, a school social worker with Hillsborough County Public Schools, had her two teams sweep first place and second place at the County and the Regional History and Culture competition this year.

Gurganious, along with her two assistant coaches: Tania Miller, a teacher with Hillsborough County Public Schools, Christine Jean Leon, administrator of Adelphie Home Health Care, LLC., and the team’s sponsor Dr. Guitele Rahill, a professor at University of South Florida, provided support several times per week practicing and preparing the students for the competition.

The students spent months studying the Black Heritage trivia questions (1,250) and reading the following books:

  • Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly (county and regional level competition)
  • The Fisher King by Paule Marshall (county level competition)
  • From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans, Chapters 11-20 (regional level competition)

The 14 high school students hail from five different high schools through Hillsborough County: Blake, East Bay, Lennard, King and Jefferson. Competing teams can consist of five to seven students.

The first place team will represent the Hillsborough County Center of Excellence in state competitions on March 22, 2019. They will compete against nine other teams. If successful, each student will receive a full 4-year scholarship to the state university of their choice.


Florida National News Willie David and Editor Mellissa Thomas contributed to this report. |

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