Brain BustersSaturday, December 10, 2011 By Elizabeth Levis
Scholastic Scrimmage is a high school “game show” that quizzes 32 competitive high school teams in the Lehigh Valley on a wide range of questions. The academic team competition has been in existence for 28 years. Each game starts off with a toss-up question; either team has the opportunity to answer and receive ten points. The player that answers the question correctly earns the points and has a chance at a related bonus question. If questions are answered incorrectly, five points are deducted from the team’s score (a total can become negative), and the team can no longer buzz in an answer for that specific question. The question then will go to the other team, and if they answer it correctly, they receive five points and a bonus question. Teams play until they reach the half-time mark. During this break, the players get a chance to discuss things about themselves with the host, Dr. Karen Walton, who often asks questions about topics such as future plans, school activities, and families. Once half-time is complete, the players continue to answer questions until the final buzzer goes off, signaling that the 24-minute quiz show has come to an end. The team with the highest score advances to the next round, and gets one step closer to earning the prize of $4,000 for their school. Since Scholastic Scrimmage is single elimination, once your team loses one match, you are done for the year. The Spartans are the reigning Scholastic Scrimmage champs for 2011, and plan to quiz until the end again this year. As a reward for winning last year, the team received a “bye” and had their first competition on December 8. Mrs. Smiley and Mrs. Ligon are the coaches for Scholastic Scrimmage; this is their second year coaching the team. The members of the team are: Emma Rennie (captain), Jalal Khan, Andy Sheats, Matt Roe, Andrej Quatrone, Tai Bickhard, Luke Feldman, Sean Clees, Emily Schwartz, and Sarah Osowski. The team practices every Monday and Friday; practices usually begin within the third week of school. Although the team graduated two seniors last year, Mrs. Smiley states, “We have a young team, but I believe we will be strong in the competition and we will go far.” Check out Southern Lehigh’s bright students on Channel 39 and wish them luck to continue on each week!