WATERTOWN, NY; January 31st, 2020 – The annual Whiz Quiz Banquet held at the Watertown Elks Club on Bradley Street on Thursday evening, January 30th, celebrated the winners of the regional high school quiz show Whiz Quiz. Proudly produced by WPBS for the last 40 years, the show has celebrated academic excellence of high school students from 32 districts.
This year’s recipient of the Glenn Gough Championship Trophy was Potsdam High School, with students Sylvain Foisy, Ethan Plague, Yacob Melman, and Skye Crocker taking the team to the Championship. Catherine Boula is the advisor who coached the team.
The banquet yielded approximately 100 students and their families, including guest of honor, long-time host, and iconic Watertown broadcaster, Glenn Gough. Glenn was accompanied by his wife Maureen and son Steven. Mr. Gough presented the championship trophy to the Potsdam team during the awards ceremony. The team was also presented with a $1,500 scholarship from WPBS President and General Manager, Mark Prasuhn. Glenn was the host of Whiz Quiz for 38 years.
Second Place winners were South Jefferson High School. The team consisted of students Evelyn Bibbins, Trevor Benware, Josh Bliss, and Kyle Cain. Advisor Alyssa Freeland led the team. The team was awarded a $1000 scholarship.
Semi-Finalists were South Lewis High School and Pulaski Academy and Central Schools. The South Lewis team consisted of students Kathryn Reid, Madison Munn, Robert Newell, and Matt Liddiard, with Advisors Edward Collins and Marcy McGuire at the helm. The Pulaski Academy and Central Schools team included students Logan Godfrey, Josh Carguello, Brian Pond, and Landon Jones. Advisor Jamie Hefti led the team.
Pulaski Academy and Central Schools was also presented with the “Up and Coming Award.” This was the first year Pulaski participated in Whiz Quiz. The team was awarded a $250 scholarship.
The “Best Dressed Award” was given to Immaculate Heart Central School. The team of students consisted of Cole Grant, Kate O’Neil, Nick McNulty, and Andrew Ranger. Advisors John Montondo and Karen Montondo led the team. The team was awarded a $250 scholarship.
The “Team Spirit Award” was given to Alexandria Central School. The team consisted of Jack Ely, Shawn Mason, Sam Felicia, and Kat Probst. The team was led by Advisor Teri Lowe.
WPBS would like to send an extended thank you to our sponsors for making Whiz Quiz the longest running, local academic quiz production in the North Country.
Our sponsors include: National Grid, Rotary Club of Watertown Youth Committee, Rotary Club of Potsdam, Rotary Club of Theresa, the Watertown Evening Rotary, Jefferson-Lewis-Hamilton BOCES, St. Lawrence Lewis BOCES, SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam, St. Lawrence University, Clarkson University, and the Associated College of the St. Lawrence Valley.
Additional support provided by Jefferson Community College and the Watertown Elks Lodge #496.
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