Franklin Community Shows Skill in Trivia Bee

Franklin Community Shows Skill in Trivia Bee

Abigail Weinberg

A shot from the FEF Trivia Bee (follow us on Instagram @pantherbook for more photos)

Caroline Cafasso, Editor

On Wednesday, April 8, the Franklin Education Foundation held its 18th annual Trivia Bee at the Horace Mann Auditorium. Many members of the community participated, including several FHS students. The event raised thousands of dollars that go directly toward helping our town’s educational system.

According to their Facebook page, the FEF is “an independent, non-profit, community-based organization developed to support to innovation and excellence in education… by funding grants for teachers and other staff within the Franklin public school system.”

The Trivia Bee is an event that helps carry out this mission. Each year, students, parents, local business owners, teachers, and other school faculty members can participate in a trivia competition consisting of several rounds. This year’s trivia theme was movie trivia.

A new addition was made to this year’s event. Prior to the traditional Trivia Bee, a Middle School Bee was held with teams of students from each of the three middle schools. Horace Mann won that competition.

Teams can be sponsored by Franklin businesses and organizations, such as the beloved Elizabeth’s Bagels, or can be direct representation from schools in our town. Mr. Schmidt, Mr. Kelly, and Mr. McCarthy all participated for FHS and even made it all the way to the championship round. They were one of the final teams standing, but unfortunately lost to the Oak Street Elementary PCC team, who were crowned the winners.

The FHS Jazz Band provided musical entertainment for the event, and a raffle also helped to raise funding in addition to the sponsorships.

“I think it is a great community event where people from various organizations can come together to have fun and raise money for a good cause,” said Lauren Ivers, a junior and Trivia Bee participant on behalf of Peer Leaders.

Other FHS representatives included Caroline Cafasso, Lauren Smith, and Kyle Pandiscio for NHS, Conor Lemanowicz, Cobi Frongillo, and Avi Gundimeda for Mock Trial, and Tyler Beckmann, Phil Henault, and Justin Bates for Peer Leaders.

For more information on the Franklin Education Foundation and Trivia Bee, check out their website and be sure to participate in next year’s Trivia Bee.