NEWS: Seniors Win Annual Brain Bowl Competition

(Photo by Nicole Macchio)

(Photo by Nicole Macchio)

By Nicole Macchio – Entertainment Editor

The annual Brain Bowl was hosted by the National Honor Society on May 22.

Brain Bowl is an annual competition that pits grade against grade and students against faculty, all the while raising money for brain cancer research.

Students and faculty took a test that was created by the National Honor Society members to see who qualified for the team.

The main goal of Brain Bowl is to raise awareness and money for brain cancer, and this year there was a pretty good haul. Almost $700 was raised in donations from students and from local businesses.

 “Everyone put in so much effort and worked really hard to make sure that everything ran smoothly,” senior NHS president Sofya Calvin said. “I am very proud of all the members for coming together and making it happen. If they hadn’t we wouldn’t have been able to raise upwards of $700.”

Every $10 that was donated counted as a point for that team. Seniors started with 15 points, the juniors had 10, the sophomores had 6, and the freshmen had 3.

Once the game began, a point was earned for every correct answer unless a judge ruled otherwise. The first round was sorted out with some of the easier questions and the questions get progressively harder.

The questions cover five categories:  Arts/Literature, History/Geography, Math/Science, Pop Culture, and Sports/Leisure.

The freshmen team included John Fowler, Nick Dostal, Jillian Parsons, and Grace Piselli. The sophomore team included Tyler Chavez, Kevin Chesler, Kyle Krois, and Paula Perez. The junior team consisted of Logan Danville, Samantha McCarthy, Adam Streeter, and Jennifer Rondinelli, and the senior team was Ben Longobardi, Sean Berg, Nicole Palmer, and Nick Nunno.

The faculty team featured Miss Mannion, Mr. Stanton, Mrs. Moe, and Mrs. Briggs.

The Brain Bowl theme is always an integral part of the competition and this year’s theme was “The Wizard of Oz.”

“This year, it was a close race between ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland,’” Calvin said. “But I’m happy we went with ‘The Wizard of Oz.’”

At the end of the first round, the sophomore and junior teams were eliminated, leaving the freshmen to face off with the seniors. In this second round, it seemed like the freshmen might secure a win but thanks to their fundraising, the senior class won the round with a few points to spare.

In the last round when the seniors went against the faculty, the seniors managed to keep their lead and win this year’s competition.

“It was very successful,” NHS advisor and chemistry teacher Ms. Turcotte said. “We were able to raise a good amount of money and everything went smoothly.”

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