(L-r) Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, Leilani M., Abby C., . and Micah A., Wright Coach Robert Kilburg, State Rep. Shelia Stubbs and 100 Black Men of Madison Dr. Floyd Rose

James C. Wright Middle School was victorious in the inaugural Regional Competition for the African American History Academic Challenge (AAHAC) at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Saturday, April 12 and will represent the Madison area in the National African American History Academic Challenge at 100 Black Men of America 33rd Annual Conference on June 12-16 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The winning team was made up of Abby C., Leilani M. and Micah A. – all eighth-graders at Wright. Wright Middle School’s coach was social studies teacher Robert Kilburg who has been helping the students study for months in preparation for the AAHAC.

This year, the 100 Black Men of Madison AAHAC expanded outside of MMSD for the first time ever. Wright Middle School defeated Savannah Oaks Middle School, who represented the Verona Area Schools District, to advance to the nationals. A week earlier, Wright won the Madison competition at the MMSD Doyle Administration Building.

Two years ago, Wright Middle School brought home the national championship, emerging victorious at the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. 31st Annual International Conference and National Competition in New Orleans.

Last year, Madison’s Spring Harbor Middle School won the national competition for the AAHAC at the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. 32nd Annual International Conference and National Competition on June 16 in Hollywood, Florida.

That marked the sixth time (out of 24 times) that a Madison middle school has won the national championship.

Written by David Dahmer

David Dahmer

A. David Dahmer is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Madison365.

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