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News & Announcements

The 2016/17 Let's Explore Africa State Championship was held on Saturday March 4th at NC State University, Poe Hall and the champions are:

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Merritt Cogdill -  Level 1 Group State Champion  Aryan Nair -  Level 2 Group State Champion 

For the Level 1 Group (4th - 6th Graders):  Merritt Cogdill is a fifth (5th) grader from Joe Toler-Oak Hill Elementary School and is the Vice President of National Elementary Honor Society.

 His teammates and Honor Society members Alex Bridges came second (2nd), Alek Jenkins placed third (3rd) and Ethan Adcock earned the fourth (4th) place.   


For the Level 2 Group (7th - 9th Graders) Aryan Nair is a seventh (7th) grader from Cary Academy, he is an avid reader.  

The two remarkable champions emerged winners after answering many difficult questions correctly.  We salute all the contestants for the courage and hard work of preparing for the challenging questions and enthusiasm about the event. 

Special thanks to NC State University for sponsoring the State Championship!  Much appreciations to Coach Elizabeth McCoy, Angela Cogdill, Bonita Apperson, the parents, relatives, as well as friends who came to support these students and ensured the success of our program!

 Let's Explore Africa Quiz Competition is going National  starting 2017/18 school year!  Please encourage and prepare your students to compete so they can advance to the National Championship Title. 


The LEA Team

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The 2016/17 State Championship has been rescheduled.  New date is Saturday, March 4th at NC State University - POE Hall Room 213

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The 2017 Let's Explore Africa Quiz Competition is under way.  Please check back for the schedule of events.



LEA Team 

To our sponsors, contestants, coaches, family members, school administrators/faculties and of course fans - THANK YOU for making 2016 a great year for Let's Explore Africa!

Whatever your faith, have a happy holiday!


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Due to severe weather forecast for the Winston Salem, NC area. the State Championship Event Scheduled for today has been cancelled.  Stay Tuned for more update!

Happy Holidays!

The 2016 LEA Quiz State Championship will take place at Wake Forest University, Winston Salem NC -  Tribble Hall, Room B216 on Saturday, December 17th, 2016. 11:00AM - 2:00PM.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  See the attached Guidelines_for_State_Championship.docx for the list of eligible contestants.

School Directory and driving is here:  Directory and Driving Directions  

Parking link is here: Parking Direction

Thanks to our Sponsor

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LEA Team

What a Group! What a Year!  Congratulations to all who participated and well done to the 2016 winners.  Much appreciations to the teachers, parents, and the principals who supported our efforts by allowing their students to participate.  Special thanks to our sponsors - UNC Charlotte, Duke University Africa Initiative, AB Tech, Trader Joe's, Pcho Pictures, Chick Fil A, and Krispy Kreme for making the event possible.  Kudos to Deirdre White, Melissa Neeley, Kelly McEarny, Cynthia Cole, Dr. Victor Mack, and Elizabeth McCoy.

Contestants at 2016 Regional Competition 

                                                The 2016 LEA Quiz Regional Winners

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Western North Carolina Area - Asheville.  From School of Inquiry and Life Science Asheville (SILSA)

(1st Place: Taylor Buchanan, Susanna De Jarnet, Jordan Scheffer, Copeland Timmer, and Helen Je)

(2nd Place: Isaiah First, Margaret Groestsch, Rachel Stigall, Hudson Wineinger, and Cade Wooten)

(3rd Place:  Brynna Carter-Daugherty, Alexia Wilson, and Charlie Schmidt)

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Charlotte Area Winners

1st Place:  Samanyu Dixit (Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy)

2nd Place:  Mark Bauer (Marrin Ridge High School)

3rd Place:  Hrishika Roychoudhury (Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy)

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                                                                                                                                                                                   Dancers from UNC Charlotte -  Nice job ladies.  Thanks to Professors Tamara Williams and Ann Dils

The Triangle Area Winners:

Level 1 (4th - 6th graders)

1st Place:  Jasmine Jones, Ethan Adcock, and Merrit Cogdill (Joe-Toler Oak Hill Elem)

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             3rd Place:  Alex Bridges and Alek Jenkins (Joe-Toler Oak Hill Elementary)

Level 2 (7th - 9th graders)

1st Place:  Aryan Nair - Cary Academy

2nd Place:  Zack Smith - East Lincoln Middle

3rd Place:  Ysabelle McNeeley and Elizabeth Bojo - East Lincoln Middle

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                       Zack Smith, Aryan Nair, Sandra Frempong, Ysabelle McNeeley and Elizabeth Bojo


Level 3  (10th - 12th Graders)

1st Place:  Evan Barrinear, Jesse Waldrop, and Jake Massey (East Lincoln HS)

2nd Place:  Logan Mowlan and Thomas Holmes (East Lincoln HS)

3rd Place:  Queen Mckee (Lexington CS High)

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The 2016 LEA Quiz Regional Competition just concluded and this year's contestants of over 100 students showed up and impressed with their knowledge about Africa.  Congratulations and thanks to all.

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Charlotte Team Rocked and Asheville Group Showed Up!  

Next Stop, Duke Crew!!!  

See y'all Saturday.

LEA Team 

Get Ready for 2016 LEA Competition.  First stop, UNC Charlotte!

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