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By Savannah Barnes
Friday, Nov. 4, 2011

For the past four years the Penn-Trafford Academic Quiz Team has been participating in "Hometown High Q."

This year, the team made it to the next level.

"The competition was fierce, and students from Penn-Trafford were in the lead for most of the competition," said team coach Christina Wukich. "During the final round, they were neck and neck with Chartiers Valley. In the final seconds of the game, Penn Trafford took the lead and won."

"Hometown High Q" is an academic quiz competition in which three teams from local high schools compete to win and advance to the next round. The competitions air Saturday mornings on KDKA-TV.

Grant Smith, Tim Hanna, and Paul Stock , all juniors, and senior, Dominic Johnson, competed on Oct. 15.

Grant, the team captain, has been a part of the team for two years.

"My favorite part of being on the team is being able to show what I know in an academic setting," Grant said.

The team began practicing for the event at the start of their summer vacation. Practices were usually held on Thursday afternoons.

To prepare, the teens studied older episodes of the show to get a sense of the type of questions they would see on competition day. They also worked together to find activities that would help improve their weaknesses.

For one activity, Wukich posed a question that the team had to answer in front of a small crowd of people. This activity helped the team members to get rid of any public speaking jitters.

"It blows your mind, the amount of trivial knowledge this team has," Wukich said. "I am extremely proud of their performance."

They will advance to the next round of competition in late fall/early winter. The Oct. 15 competition will air on KDKA TV, Saturday at 11 a.m.

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