Trivia Night Raises $7161 for Senior Party

Former Brentwood teacher Ed Wright emceed the event. He provided humorous commentary on everything from Oscar night to the current tensions in the Soviet Union. At one point he sang a line from “Hey Jude.” (Photo by Steve Bowman)

A trivia night and silent auction on Saturday raised $7,161 for Project Graduation, a parent-organized party for Brentwood High School seniors.

More than 150 people attended the four-hour fundraiser at the school’s administrative offices in the Hanley Industrial Court. Nineteen eight-person teams competed over 10 rounds while members of the 2014 senior class fetched them drinks and snacks. Numerous gift packages were displayed on tables for a silent auction.

Project Graduation is a drug-free and alcohol-free celebration that includes games, activities, food, entertainment, music, and prize giveaways. The annual event is held the same night as the commencement ceremony in May and is chaperoned by parent volunteers.

The event filled the main conference room at the school district’s headquarters. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

A trivia team member signals to a BHS student for a refill. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
At the end of a round of trivia, senior John Surgener collects answers from Kristine Pudlowski and her teammates, who include Jeannie and Mark Suntrup. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Joe Hembree discusses a trivia question with his teammates. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Here’s one of the many gift packages on the silent auction table. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

Ed Wright introduces the crowd to seniors Shawn Durham (far left) and Allison Durham. Throughout the night seniors spoke to the crowd about their experiences at BHS and their plans for the future. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Contestants play “dead or alive,” where a celebrity’s name is read and they guess whether the individual is still living (thumbs up) or has passed away (thumbs down). (Photo by Steve Bowman)
“Dead or alive” began with all contestants in the room standing. If you guessed incorrectly you sat down. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
The final two contestants in “dead or alive” were Karen Laseter (left) and Debbie Bird. Bird ended up winning. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
There was a lot of laughter coming from Edwin Rivera’s table. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

Scorekeepers were (from left) Robin Duntze, Tom Wright and Mark Wright. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Jeff McGehee (right) and Karl Dreyer discuss a trivia question with a teammate. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Mark Hansard responds to emcee Ed Wright’s sparkling sense of humor. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

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