CIAA kicks off, gives back to local middle school


CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — The CIAA is in full swing. This Tuesday, the organization gave back to the community by getting results for middle school students.

The CIAA and NASA put on a science and college fair at Ovens Auditorium. They even had someone dressed up like an astronaut.

“I thought he was a statue until he moved. I was like whoa,” said Meinah Hines, an 8th grade student at Coulwood Middle School.

Students got to speak with NASA engineer Stanley Ikpe.

“I’ve always been somewhat of a nerd working on electronics. It’s really fun for me to explain that to students,” Ikpe said.

They also had the opportunity to meet students from local colleges like Taequan Owens from Johnson C. Smith University.

“I enjoy seeing everyone, seeing the younger ones because I remember being there,” said Owens.

After the event at Ovens Auditorium, students went to Bojangles Coliseum to watch the CIAA tournament games.

Tanautica Stevenson cheered on her team from Salisbury’s Livingstone College.

“Unfortunately, we lost. But we had a great season,” she said.

The other team came from Lincoln University Pennsylvania.

“We won by a little over 20 points so we advance to Thursday’s semi-final which gives us another opportunity to cheer on our team,” said Dion Robinson.

The CIAA basketball tournament ends Saturday.

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