Top ‘Trivialists’ in showdown at Westborough Education Foundation’s 2010 Bee

Westborough – Seven questions into the tiebreaker round among the six teams competing in the finals, a team successfully answered the question, “Any airplane the President flies in is called Air Force One. Any helicopter that he flies on is called what?” It was a team of Middle School dads playing for the Mill Pond Parent Association that took top honors and the big trophy at the Westborough Education Foundation’s 2010 Trivia Bee Oct. 18.

In the end, it was the pirate dads who bested a team of sorcerers playing for the Westborough Rotary Club. Mike Smith, Mike Pickwick and Bill Walthall represented the Mill Pond Parent Association. Five other teams made it to the final round that served up 12 trivia questions and ended dramatically with seven more in the tiebreaker round played against the Rotary Club Team of Carolyn Spring, Paul McGrath and Scott Wilfert.

The Trivia Bee raised more than $15,000, all of which will go toward the funding of grants to teachers and administrators for the 2011-2012 school year. These grants are designed to expand educational opportunities, foster and stimulate creativity, and enhance the academic experiences of Westborough students for programs outside the scope of the Westborough School Department’s budget. Before a packed house of more than 500 at the Doubletree Hotel, 36 teams of three sponsored by Westborough businesses, community organizations, school parent groups and local neighborhoods took the stage in a contest featuring thoughtful questions from many categories including Westborough history, music, science, literature, New England sports and geography.

The four other teams making it to the final round included trios from South County Physical Therapy, The Mill Pond Principal’s Posse playing for Badger Legal Group, the High Street Neighborhood and the “WHS Teachers’ Ringer Team” Playing for Genzyme, who sponsored five Trivia Bee teams.

“We had a terrific contest celebrating education in Westborough in front of a very large and supportive crowd. The Education Foundation thanks all the local organizations that sponsored teams, the many businesses providing raffle prizes and all the volunteers who came together to make it happen,” said Christine Gilman, who co-chaired the event with Judy Martin.

Town Moderator Joseph Harrington served in his usual role as master of ceremonies asking the questions and supplying the answers throughout the night. He asked questions on everything from the value of the mathematical expression 5! – five factorial (120) – to the longest running play in the history of American theater that opened in Boston in 1980 and is still going strong (“Shear Madness”).

Winning the Spirit Award, the team from the WHS National Honor Society playing for Polito Development Corp., kept the proceedings very lively. Wearing cowboy costumes, they “hee-hawed” with every right answer they gave. Liz Callahan, Tricia Fotos and Sam Mayo represented the Honor Society. The Best Costume award went to the Armstrong Teacher Team of Jackie Hagenbuch, Sue Conley and Cady Spencer, playing for Homan and Sullivan, their sponsors. They dressed as characters from Super Mario Brothers.

Next on the agenda for the Westborough Education Foundation is its sponsorship of the Celebrate and Appreciate Our Remarkable Educators (CARE) program as the holidays approach. It is a vehicle for parents to show appreciation for the hard work and care exhibited by their children’s teachers, principal, counselor and other staff members by making donations in their names to the Westborough Education Foundation in appreciation of their eff orts.

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