Lakeview Teachers Win 2023 WEF Community Quiz Bowl
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By Leah Sander
WARSAW — Lakeview Middle School teachers proved they were smarter than eighth graders on Tuesday, March 14.
That team consisting of science teacher Mark McCollom, history teachers Brandon Murphy and Hunter Reed, school counselor Emily Day and her husband Ryan Day won Warsaw Education Foundation’s 2023 Community Quiz Bowl at the Tiger Recreational Activity Center.
They topped 56 other teams from Warsaw Community Schools, local organizations and businesses and even one consisting of Lakeview students. Trivia questions covered four categories, and to fit this year’s theme of “Are You Smarter Than An Eighth Grader?” included ones from curriculum from that grade level.
WEF Executive Director Erin Serafino said she chose this year’s theme in part as her son Mac Tucker is an eighth grader. He competed alongside his Lakeview classmates and their counterparts from Edgewood Middle School.
“I knew that a lot of teacher teams play, and … I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be fun to bring in some kids?'” she said. “It also allowed us to narrow down the questions so we could pull them from the eighth grade curriculum, so they really are things that our eighth graders in Warsaw Schools and the state of Indiana are expected to learn.”
New this year was a trophy made by Jeff Owens and decorated by Serafino’s mother Sherri Johnson. It’s to be passed on to each winning team in successive years.
Tuesday’s event raised $24,000 for the WEF.
“This is our one fundraising event of the year, so we take all of this money and … use (it) to award the (Red Apple) Grants to (WCS) teachers,” said Serafino. “The teachers ask for all sorts of cool things for their classrooms. We have a middle school teacher next year that’s going to be launching pumpkins for a science project.”
“Anything and everything that they can relate to their curriculum and what they want to teach in creative ways with creative materials we’re willing to support, so we’ll be doing another round of grant reviews in about a month,” she added.
People are welcome to donate to WEF by using PayPal by clicking here or sending checks to Warsaw Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1343, Warsaw, IN 46581.
Serafino also encouraged people to consider putting together a team for next year’s quiz bowl.