Franklin Regional's quiz team makes it to Hi-Q semifinals
Franklin Regional High School's quiz team has advanced to the semifinals of the Hometown Hi-Q playoffs.
After winning in the first round of the regional scholastic quiz show in an episode that aired over the weekend, the team — which is made up of seniors John Matthews, Eric Pierce and Roger Xue — now has a chance to compete for top honors. They and eight other teams will compete in shows that will be broadcast on KDKA-TV, Channel 2, in May and June.
Susan Sunseri, the team's coach and a gifted-support teacher at the high school, said this is the first time in a several years that a Franklin Regional team has advanced in the televised quiz competition.
“Of course, it's great in that it's fun, there's a sense of accomplishment, and there's obviously some recognition.”
But, she added, the prize money that finalists receive from sponsor Westfield Insurance can go a long way, too.
“The budgets are tight, like in all schools, so it's nice to have a little extra money to buy something the kids would like.”
When Franklin Regional has placed in the past, the school has used prize money for iPads and other technology, to bring in guest speakers and to cover the cost of student events, according to district officials.
Assistant Superintendent Mary Catherine Reljac said everyone at the high school is excited for the team and wishing its members the best of luck.
“We are so proud of our students in all of the things that they pursued,” she said. “It's exciting to have them representing us through this program.”
Any Franklin Regional high school student can audition for the team. If selected, they go through a training period with Sunseri to review what she calls “not trivia, but things they have learned in class.”
Sunseri called participation in the show an interesting experience for her students.
“They get to showcase what they know and be on live TV. It's just a lot of fun.”
Julie Martin is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Election prompts venue change for FR school board, Export Council meetings
- FBI helping Delmont track down overseas scam artist who ‘catfished’ $220K
- Planner advises Murrysville to be flexible on drilling
- Delmont official, husband go all out for Halloween
- Murrysville council to discuss budget next week
- Newlonsburg bra donations to help African women start businesses
- 2 injured in Route 22 crash in Murrysville