Who was this year’s Theodore Winters Award winner at the Citizen of the Year dinner? What was the name of the Aztec capital where modern-day Mexico City now stands? Most metals have a silvery color, what two don’t?
After these last three questions were answered in the final round of the Winters Friends of the Library Quiz Show, the winning team emerged: newcomers, the Nambian No-It-Alls beat the Winters Theatre Co., Friday night, February 28th, at the Community Center, earning the five members a $200 prize, and their names engraved on the perpetual trophy.
After the first round, all five teams’ scores were within ten points of each other in close competition, allowing them all to go on to the second round. The Olive Crushers had 50, the Periodic Table Dancers scored 55, the Rotary Rogues had 60, the WTC had 55, and NNIA had 60.By the end of the second round the two top teams had emerged, with the WTC earning 85 and the NNIA at 94. The Rotary Rogues were a close third at 81.
Only two teams could head into the final round where the slate was wiped clean and points earned were harder to get. Contestants needed to be smart and fast to answer in time. Questions from each of the 12 categories were selected, so to win, the team had to know information in a variety of fields from geography, to current event, to literature. The final round score, the NNIA beat WTC, 5 to 4.
Team members Matt Lechmaier, Brad Hanson, Mark Lundy, Curtis Strohl, and John Mahoney were strong in the Science and Nature category, but had little knowledge of Winters trivia, all being fairly new to town. This was their first quiz show, and they promised to come back next year.
The Winters Theatre company said they’ll be back next year as well. Though the five participants vary from year to year, the WTC is the only team to have competed in the Quiz Show every year since it started in 2004, and more often than not, making it to the last round.
The Quiz Show is a production of the Winters Friends of the Library (WFoL), and would not be possible without the dozens of volunteers who help put it together. Rebecca Fridae researched and wrote the questions in 13 categories, Woody Fridae was the emcee. Sally Brown was the timer, Paul Meyer and Carol Scianna kept score. The judges were Mary Lou Linville, Jack Young, and Lynne Secrist. Other volunteers included Revelee and Mike Hemken, Natasha Ackley, Sonya Godinez, Bruce and Margaret Bailey, and Jeff TenPas.
Winters Friends of the Library (WFoL.org) is the organization that helps fund library materials and programs and provides other literacy and lifelong learning related opportunties. New members are always welcome to join helping support the local branch library. Board Meetings are the first Monday of each month, 7 PM at the library. All are welcome.