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BHS teachers reclaim bragging rights in trivia bee

Event raises $3,000 for education

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ABOVE: Winners of the Logan County Branch of the American Association of University Women’s 2013 trivia bee were Bellefontaine High School teachers sponsored by Northwestern Mutual and Holly Hefner. They are, from left, Richard Kurtz, Bill Badenhop, Jim Robinson, Steve Henry and Mark Barlow. BELOW: An Elvis fan stops members of the Elvis Buckinghams team, from left, Sheriff Andrew Smith, Pat Culp, Todd Baumgardner, Scott Elliott and Jeff Erwin, for a photo during the Logan County Branch of the American Association of University Women’s 2013 trivia bee Wednesday at the Ohio Hi-Point Career Center. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Bellefontaine High School teacher Richard Kurtz throws his hands in the air as fellow teachers, from left, Bill Badenhop, Jim Robinson, Steve Henry and Mark Barlow, react after learning their team won the bee. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | REUBEN MEES)

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After losing in the bonus round last year, a group of Bellefontaine High School teachers exacted their revenge on the staff of the Logan County Common Pleas Court during Wednesday’s annual trivia bee to benefit education.

“We were robbed last year when common pleas won the tiebreaker,” retired history teacher Mark Barlow said, before throwing down the gauntlet for next year’s event, suggesting a headline for the bee story include the teachers hoped for another win next year.

They narrowly escaped their rivals with a 1-point 75-74 victory in the bee sponsored by the Logan County Branch of the American Association of University Women. Third place honors went to Logan County District Libraries, which tallied 71 of 100 correct answers.

The questions in this year’s event started relatively easy, but grew more grueling as the game progressed, the teachers said.

“The second half was brutal,” math teacher Steve Henry said.

“That last category about the dogs was probably the hardest,” Mr. Barlow added.

And for business manager Bill Badenhop, a former football coach and athletic director, one of the most difficult categories was the sports one, drafted by the diverse group of women who don’t just think basketball, football and baseball when it comes down to selecting questions.

But it is all about having fun for the teachers who have claimed three trivia titles in the past decade.

“We’re just a bunch of lowly men with no lives but to memorize a bunch of facts,” Mr. Barlow said. “A couple of us guys got a few holes punched in our man cards tonight.”

But the event was highly successful in achieving its main goal, which is raising money for educational opportunities for girls and women, event organizer Shawndel Wilson said.

“We’re very happy with the number of teams we had,” she said. “It was very well received and we’re glad everybody had fun.”

This year’s event featured 28 teams, which was up from 17 last year, and generated an estimated $3,000, finance officer Kristen Braig reported. The most teams in the event’s 15-year history was 31, members report.

Of the money raised, one girl from a Logan County Middle School will receive an expense paid trip to Camp GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science), one graduating senior will receive a college scholarship and one adult seeking an advanced degree can earn a fellowship, which was dedicated this year in the name of 19th century educator Betsy M. Cowles.

Ms. Cowles received a teaching degree from Oberlin in 1940, opened numerous kindergarten-equivalent schools, and by the later 1800s was hired as a principal and school administrator when it was virtually unheard of for a woman to be in those types of positions, presenter Judy Wherry said.

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