There’s Nothing Trivial About $7000

Tina Litteken, David Garver and the rest of their trivia team dressed as Rich Uncle Pennybags, aka the Monopoly man. They said their table's theme was board game night. (All photos by Steve Bowman)
Tina Litteken, David Garver and the rest of their trivia team dressed as Rich Uncle Pennybags, aka the Monopoly man. They said their table’s theme was board game night. (All photos by Steve Bowman)

Trivia night raises money for BHS senior party

 
By Steve Bowman
Email: bowmansj@sbcglobal.net

A trivia night and silent auction on March 6 raised over $7,000 for Project Graduation, a parent-organized party for Brentwood High School seniors.

More than 175 people competed on 22 teams at the school’s administrative offices in the Hanley Industrial Court. The eight-person teams went 10 rounds while about a dozen members of the 2016 senior class fetched them drinks and snacks.

The trivia night attracts 22 eight-person teams to the Brentwood School District Administrative Offices.
The trivia night attracts 22 eight-person teams to the Brentwood School District Administrative Offices.
Emcee Ed Wright Jr., a retired BHS teacher, reads a trivia question.
Emcee Ed Wright Jr., a retired BHS teacher, reads a trivia question.

Numerous gift packages were displayed on tables for a silent auction. Those and other items were donated by about 30 local businesses.

Contestants check out the silent auction tables.
Contestants check out the silent auction tables.

Project Graduation is a celebration for BHS seniors that’s held each May at The Heights on the same night as the commencement ceremony. It is drug- and alcohol-free and includes games, activities, food, entertainment, music, and prize giveaways. It is organized and chaperoned by the students’ parents through the school’s parent-teacher organization.

Contestants react to a tough question.
The crowd ponders a tough question.
Steve Hampel discusses a trivia question with his team.
Steve Hampel discusses a trivia question with his team.
BHS senior Julius Bestman introduces himself to the crowd. Between rounds, senior volunteers were asked to share their accomplishments and post-graduation plans. volunteersBetween rounds
BHS senior Julius Bestman introduces himself to the crowd. Between rounds, senior volunteers were asked to share their accomplishments and post-graduation plans.
Seniors Megan Shipley (left) and Lindsey Jones take turns at the microphone.
Seniors Megan Shipley (left) and Lindsey Jones take turns at the microphone.
Senior Sarah Thomas gathers answer sheets from the trivia teams.
Senior Sarah Thomas gathers answer sheets from the trivia teams.
Senior Leanna Baudendistel talks to the crowd.
Senior Leanna Baudendistel talks to the crowd.
Contestants answer “yes” in the game “dead or alive,” where celebrities’ names were read and participants guessed whether they were still alive (thumbs up) or had passed away (thumbs down). Answer wrong and you sit down. The winner is the last person standing.
Contestants answer “yes” in the game “dead or alive,” where celebrities’ names were read and participants guessed whether they were still alive (thumbs up) or had passed away (thumbs down). Answer wrong and you sit down. The winner is the last person standing.
In the game dead or alive, John Menendez (above) answers "still alive" and Chris Jones (below) says "dead."
In the game dead or alive, John Menendez (above) answers “alive” and Chris Jones (below) says “dead.”

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Danielle Merrins (center) wins the game dead or alive.
Danielle Merrins (center) wins the game dead or alive.
Grading the trivia teams' answer sheets are (from left) Jennifer Keith, Sharon Mansfield and Sherman Lee.
Grading the trivia teams’ answer sheets and tallying the scores are (from left) Jennifer Keith, Sharon Mansfield and Sherman Lee.

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