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January 3, 2013

CCS Quiz team to compete on TV

Members of the Cooperstown High School Quiz Team will be featured on WCNY’s “Double Down” quiz show on Sunday.

Cooperstown won the competition the first year participating in the fast-paced academic quiz show where 32 schools compete to win the blueRock Energy Scholastic Award trophy. Will this year’s team have the same success? Tune in and see.

Team adviser Timothy Iversen said the only thing he is going to reveal is that the students did better than last year when they were knocked out in the first round. Cooperstown’s first match will be aired at 6 p.m. Sunday. The show is broadcast Sundays on WCNY channel 24.1 and repeats are shown at 8:30 p.m. Mondays on WCNY channel 24.3.

This marks the eighth season of the quiz show. WCNY on-air host Bill Barker moderates each session with questions in the categories of English language, arts and literature, history and geography, math, science arts, sports and 2012.

Three students compete at a time, and unlike most of the competitions CCS participates in, students do not use buzzers to chime in on questions, according to Iversen. He said players cannot be rotated during a match, but because schools typically compete twice in a day, he likes to play three students during the first match and a different three the next match.

Iversen brought five of his quiz team members to the Syracuse competition. They included team captain Jacob Miller, Patrick Dewey, Thomas Franck, Erik Mebust and Hope Dohner   —all seniors except Dewey. 

According to Iversen, “‘Double Down’ does not rely on buzzer speed like other competitions the team competes in. He said another big difference is that it is televised.

“It is kind of fun for me to see how students respond when they get on camera,” he said. “Sometimes they get pretty nervous. Some of them anyways.”

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