Trivia Night is March 8

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Defending champions The 2012 Trivia Night raised $1,300 for the Cassville Education Fund, which provides grants for student-centered academic programs at the Cassville School District. Last year's winners, the Commerce Bank Cash Cows, will defend their title at the 2013 Trivia Night on Friday, March 8. The team includes: Levi Pollreisz, Hise Williams, Andrew Whitham, Josh Brown, Scott Whitham and Voyd Brown. Pictured above, from left, are: Andrew Whitham, Williams and Pollreisz.

The Cassville Education Fund will hold its next Trivia Night on Friday, March 8. The event will begin in the Cassville High School commons area at 7 p.m.

"Trivia night has raised several thousand dollars for the fund, and 100 percent of the proceeds from the night go to the fund," said Mary Cupps, Cassville Education Fund chair. "People seem to enjoy the event because it is a lot of fun. They form teams of their friends and enjoy playing together.

"I can't stress enough that this is just a fun way to spend an evening," continued Cupps. "It is not a knowledge bowl, but a friendly team competition."

Trivia Night is a team competition. Team members discuss each question and agree upon one answer, which is written on their answer sheet. The competition offers four rounds of trivia questions. Topics include: sports; history; geography; literature; pop culture; movies and music; food; and nature.

"I am not a trivia expert by any means, but I can't wait to be a part of this event again," said Mindi Artherton, who participated in Trivia Night last year and plans to take part in the event again this year. "It is a lot of fun to hang out with your teammates and brainstorm your answers together. Not to mention, homemade desserts and fresh coffee from Towneley Furnishings help make the evening even better.

"This event is for a great cause and there is no pressure on any one person at any time, so it really is a lot of fun," added Artherton.

While scores for each round are tallied, team members have the option of participating in winner-take-all bonus point competitions.

"Spectators are welcome to cheer on their friends, especially during the game competitions held between rounds," said Cupps. "There is always a lot of laughter during those games. In addition, many people like to see how much trivia they know without being part of a team. We've also had spectators who just want to see how the event works before committing to playing on a team."

At the end of the evening, the team that has correctly answered the most questions and earned the most bonus points will be crowned the Champions of Trivia. In addition to earning bragging rights, the winners are awarded medals and their names are engraved on a traveling trophy. The current champions, the Commerce Bank Cash Cows, will defend their title on March 8.

Teams, which can include up to eight members, often include friends, church group members, co-workers, club members and individual trivia buffs. Individuals are assigned to a pick-up team on the night of the event.

The entry fee is $15 per player or $120 per team. Spectator admission is $5 per person. Proceeds from Trivia Night benefit the Cassville Education Fund, a permanent endowment supporting academic programs at the Cassville School District.

"The Cassville Education Fund helps fund requests from teachers for their academic wish lists, so to speak," said Cupps. "These are items that aren't included in the district's budget, but have academic merit. We like to think that we can satisfy requests that either will take a long time before they can be funded by the district or that may never be funded because of the increasing demands placed on the school budget.

"In the past two years we have purchased software, textbooks and portable document cameras for classrooms," continued Cupps. "Grants from the fund have benefited all of the schools from primary to high school."

Grants from the interest on the fund are awarded for student-centered academic programs each spring.

"We really appreciate the Cassville Education Fund providing funds for things we couldn't otherwise have for our classrooms," said Cassville Intermediate School teacher Wendy Miekley. "Last year's grant helped purchase document cameras for each intermediate school base room. These cameras allow teachers to project book pages, student work and any other object onto our interactive SMART Boards.

"I use my document camera several times a day, and I'm sure other teachers do too," continued Miekley. "Thanks, Cassville Education Fund."

For guaranteed placement in the competition, individuals and teams should pre-register at the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce office, located at 504 Main St., in Cassville or call the chamber at 847-2814.

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