ShareThis Page

Penn-Trafford Academic Quiz Team to compete on TV

| 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.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using 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.