, Muskogee, OK

February 23, 2014

Three teams take top honors in trivia competition

By E.I. Hillin
Phoenix Staff Writer

— Three teams left the Civic Center with bragging rights and trophies after the Trivia Challenge, Battle of the Brains, but they weren’t really the winners.

“The main winners were the kids,” said Jon Kolb, president of the Muskogee Education Foundation.

A total of 43 tables of teams competed in the trivia challenge to benefit the Education Foundation of Muskogee.

Advantage Controls took first place. Second place went to a team of four couples, Frix, Thygesen, Alford, and McCarty. The third place winning team was from the Muskogee Phoenix.

This was the event’s sixth year and the biggest yet.

“It started in the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and moved to this,” said foundation President Jon Kolb. “It’s actually doubled since then.”

The fundraiser included a live auction, and a dessert silent auction. All the money raised from the auctions and table purchases will benefit Muskogee Public Schools.

The total raised for the event is not yet known, but Kolb expects to be able to give out more than last year.

“Last year we gave $23,750 to teachers that wrote grants and another $500 to the teacher of the year,” Kolb said. “The grants are due by March 1. The board will read them over spring break, and announce the winners in May.”

Some of the items auctioned off included a “Thunder Up” package for $1,500 and a guided Sand Crane Hunt in western Oklahoma for $650. The dessert auction raised about $2,400 Kolb said.

Muskogee School Superintendent Mike Garde spoke to the teams before the trivia and live auction began.

“Enjoy yourself, have fun, and spend some money,” Garde said.

The night’s emcee, Jermaine Mondaine, kept the teams entertained. He started the night off with the trivia rules.

“No heckling, I’m kind of sensitive,” Mondaine said.

The challenge consisted of six rounds of six questions. The judges tallied the score sheets after each round. Judges for the event were Ched Wetz, David Shouse, Jeanne Owens, and Melony Carey.

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