The Winter Carnival Trivia Experience

Ian Wallace, Columnist

This year’s Winter Carnival trivia contest sums up in three simple words: It was difficult.  Really difficult. Out of the 15 questions per class, the Sophomores, led by Bailey Sbardellati, won with a score of 7 out of 15, with less than half of the questions right.  The Seniors, led by Sky Swan, edged out the Juniors in a tiebreaker. Both had a score of 4, but Swan’s ability to get the last four spring musicals in order scored him second place.  The Freshmen, through both bad luck and inexperience, came in last with a score of 2. From a random hat drawing, the Freshman were given the vast majority of personal finance questions, being unable to name the four major credit card networks or the term, “cash advance” for credit card ATM withdrawals.  Better luck next year. Overall, despite the difficulty, the competition was tense and the challenge was fun, but a few moments stand out.

The award for “easiest question nearly gone wrong” goes to the question, “what is the name of our school newspaper” which was almost answered incorrectly by the Freshmen, with the class representatives Haley Parker and Anya Taylor unsure of themselves of whether it was named “The Howler” or not.  They eventually stuck to their gut and scored one of their two points. The award for hardest question answered correctly goes to Sophomore Logan Dipino’s masterful recitation of all the US presidents from Nixon to present, for certain the biggest highlight of their 7 point domination. The award for best trick question goes to “How much more does it cost to send a standard letter to Adak, AK, than Saxtons River, VT?”  The answer was zero dollars, but the Sophomores made a random guess, losing an excellent opportunity for more points. Finally, the award for the hardest question overall goes to my facebook cover photo, the singapore skyline at night, with a view of the Marina Bay Formula One circuit. Without a daylight view of the Marina Bay gardens, the only clues were the Formula One circuit and the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel off in the distance.  The Sophomores, after much effort, answered the question incorrectly.

What was the trick to the questions?  While the questions were difficult for most people, people with knowledge of my lifestyle were far more successful.  By watching my research habits over the past few years, my mother scored a 13 out of 15 random questions. The trick to winning, therefore, was simply to know Ian Wallace.  Unfortunately, I won’t be around next year to create another set of difficult questions, and I’m looking for someone who’d like to take over. If you would like to run winter carnival trivia next year, please contact Mr. Aube during homeroom.