This year's "Aiming for the Stars" will include our traditional Jeopardy-styled,
team-centered academic quiz bowl for team points plus 2 new competition components!
Through our working partnership the Dallas chapter of the National Society of Black
Engineers and national nationally-recognized MathCounts, we have developed a team-driven,
engineering design round and grade-appropriate, mathematics quiz bowl round.
Competing teams will earn collective points through their participation in each competition tier.
All points will be documented and calculated to reward our top champions of 2018 with featured prizes.
University of Texas at Dallas
800 W Campbell Rd.
Richardson, TX 75080
The African American Male Academic Bowl "Aiming for the Stars" Competition originated
as a joint venture between Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), Project
Still I Rise, Inc., the Office of Senator Royce West, the University of Texas at Dallas
and other community partners to engage African American boys in an all-out, dynamic academic competition.
Since its inception, participants in this annual event have included hundreds of boys representing numerous public & private middle schools from DFW and Austin area, along with community groups, faith-based organizations, and greek-lettered auxiliary young groups. With the support of local businesses, each year our academic champions and their team coaches are awarded featured prizes.
This year's African American Male Academic Bowl "Aiming for the Stars" Competition will offer young men from 6th to 8th grade the opportunity to compete in a points-based, 3-tiered academic competition. The competition includes the traditional Jeopardy-styled, team-centered academic quiz bowl. In partnership with our local NSBE chapters, this year's event includes a team-driven, engineering design segment. Lastly, in collaboration with MathCounts, the academic competition now also includes a grade-appropriate, mathematics quiz round.
Each competition component is outlined thoroughly in provided study guide for all participants. We will provide a scoring rubrics to our registered teams and coaches.
Senator, Texas Senate
Royce West was first elected to the Texas Senate in November 1992. Since taking office he has represented the 23rd Senatorial District on behalf of the citizens of Dallas County in the Texas Legislature. During his tenure, Senator West has been named by Texas Monthly as one of the 25 most powerful people in Texas politics, been selected for the magazine's biennial “Ten Best Legislators in Texas” list, and has twice been named as an “Honorable Mention.” Senator West has also received mention on the Associated Press’ “Movers and Shakers” list, and Texas Insider named Senator West to its 2009 “Best Legislators” list.
Dr. Richard C. Benson
President, The University of Texas @ Dallas
Dr. Richard C. Benson, the fifth president of The University of Texas at Dallas, earned a bachelor of science and engineering degree in aerospace and mechanical science from Princeton University, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia, and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to beginning his university career, he worked for the Xerox Corporation as a technical specialist and project manager from 1977 to 1980. He joined the University of Rochester in 1980 as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and was named the top teacher in the College of Engineering and Applied Science in 1981. He progressed to associate professor in 1983 and full professor in 1989. He served as associate dean for graduate studies in the College of Engineering and Applied Science from 1989 to 1992 and as chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering from 1992 to 1995.
Dr. Joe May
Chancellor, Dallas County Community College District
Dr. Joe May started his higher education career in 1978 as an adjunct faculty member at Cedar Valley College in the Dallas County Community College District. Those initial experiences were the foundation for his strong belief that the role of community colleges is the solution for the greatest challenges facing individuals, employers and communities. Selected as the seventh chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District, Dr. Joe May assumed his duties at DCCCD in late February 2014. Throughout his career, May has expanded opportunities for students who want to pursue a bachelor's degree by starting at a community college. At the same time, he brings a strong commitment to improve the Dallas economy by helping to grow middle-class jobs. He is known both nationally and internationally as a result of his relentless advocacy for the role of community colleges in solving today's most challenging social issues.
• Official event signature partner with exclusive event naming privileges
• Event marketed as [Your Company] AAMAB
• Exclusive branding on AAMAB website and related media
• Name featured in dominate position on ALL related printed materials and literature distributed throughout the community including exclusive location on AAMAB tee shirt.
• Exclusive sponsor of award presentation for AAMAB winning and placing teams.
• Exclusive VIP event host.
• Option to scholarship 7 teams.
• Name and logo featured in dominate position on all promotional items including posters and flyers to be placed in high traffic areas (i.e., retail outlets, restaurants)
• Branding banner on AAMAB website and related mediav
• Name mentioned on radio and television talk shows including Public Service Announcements
• Option to sponsor up to 4 teams
• Name and logo featured in secondary position on all promotional items including AAMAB website and related media; posters and flyers to be placed in high traffic areas (i.e. churches, retail outlets, restaurants)
• Name featured on tee shirt given to AAMAB participants and organizers
• Option to sponsor up to 3 teams
• Name and logo featured in tertiary position on all promotional items including posters and flyers to be placed in high traffic areas (i.e. churches, retail outlets, restaurants)
• Logo and/or name on specific promotional items and printed materials
• Option to sponsor up to 2 teams
• Name featured on specific promotional items and on AAMAB website and related media
• Receive special partnership admission to the VIP reception
Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), Project Still I Rise, Inc., Senator Royce West, and The University of Texas
at Dallas (UTD), along with other community partners, are planning the second annual African American
Male Academic Bowl. This event targets participation from students, 4th through 8th grade to be held
on the campus of The University of Texas at Dallas, 800 W. Campbell Rd., Richardson, TX 75080. The bowl
will take place on
January 27, 2018. The registration fee is
$100.00. The deadline to enter a team or volunteer for the African American Male Academic Bowl
is January 15th. The AAMAB is an academic tournament that invites teams to compete in a jeopardy style
format. Each team will consist of three (3) students and one (1) coach. There are two student categories:
6th – 8th grades. This academic tournament is designed as a single elimination competition that will
quiz two teams at a time within a designated time frame. The winners from both categories will meet in
the championship round. The winning teams will receive special awards.
Use the link below to complete the African American Male Academic Bowl (AAMAB) Competition Entry Form:
• Entry Form in Google Docs format
Please complete this four-part form and return along with the team entry fee to:
Project Still I Rise, Inc.
PO Box 153272
Dallas, TX 75215
Entry fee: $100.00
To pay the entry fee click the Pay Now button or mail a check/money order.
Money order or certified check made payable to: Project Still I Rise, Inc. Registration fee is non-refundable.
View the list of volunteer positions and decide where you would like to help. To sign up as a volunteer complete the form below and click Submit. Questions, please email Tanisha Shorter at firstname.lastname@example.org