The Cooperstown High School Quiz Team was crowned champions the first year it participated in WCNY’s “Double Down” quiz show. Will this year’s team have the same success?
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.
Those wanting to know how the team did will have to tune in on their televisions. Cooperstown’s first match will be aired at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6. The show is broadcast on Sundays on WCNY channel 24.1 and repeats are shown at 8:30 p.m. Mondays on WCNY channel 24.3.
This marked the eighth season of the fast-paced academic quiz show where 32 schools compete to win the blueRock Energy Scholastic Award trophy. WCNY on-air host Bill Barker moderated 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.
During the course of the year, Iversen said he will probably have 20 or more students competing and was glad to have a competition with a different style format so that he could get one of his sophomores some playing time.
Iversen brought five of his quiz team members to the Syracuse competition. They included captain Jacob Miller, Patrick Dewey, Thomas Franck, Erik Mebust and Hope Dohner.
Dewey was the only CCS player who isn’t a senior.
“Patrick has some pretty substantial health challenges and is confined to a motorized wheelchair, and what I am really glad for is that he was able to compete in this contest,” Iversen said. “‘Double Down’ does not rely on buzzer speed. The questions go to individuals and then teams in the second round. The buzzer thing is a difficult thing for us to work around with Patrick, so it was really great that he could compete in this. And he did really well.”