From left, students Trisha Langenfeld, Allyn Oxley, Daric Teske and Nic Buck tally enter results after a round in the Carroll High School Band Trivia Night competition.
From left, students Trisha Langenfeld, Allyn Oxley, Daric Teske and Nic Buck tally enter results after a round in the Carroll High School Band Trivia Night competition.
January 14, 2014

Knowing how many sides an octadecagon has (18), what Jack mended his head with in the nursery rhyme "Jack and Jill" (vinegar and brown paper), and how many feet wide a hippo can open its mouth (4) can be valuable after all. That is if you competed in the Carroll High School band's first-ever Trivia Night contest Friday in the school commons area.

Six teams with up to eight players each competed in the event, which raised funds for the CHS band to visit Chicago in May and perform in various venues.

Emcee Kevin Patrick hit players with questions in an array of subjects: art, geography, history, literature, movies, music, science, sports, TV, etc.

Competition was made up of seven rounds of 10 questions each. Then there was a bonus round of four questions. And the competition came down to an exciting finish as two teams tied for first place, necessitating a tie-breaker question, which was: On average, how many ounces of gas can a healthy individual release in a day? The answer was 17, and the team Ora Pro Nobis edged Intimidating 'N' Cool by having the closer guess.

Ora Pro Nobis is Latin for "pray for us," and the team indeed had a prayer since it was made up of CHS faculty, administration and staff members - English teacher Vicki Gach, guidance counselor, social studies teacher and varsity football coach Dennis McCartan, social studies teacher Bob Pauk, English teacher and speech coach Bill Polking, substitute teacher and volunteer speech coach Sonia Walsh, assistant principal Tammie McKenzie and school secretary Jeanne Hansen - as well as former high school librarian and now Carroll Public Library director Kelly Fischbach.

Gach noted that all team members contributed to the success with knowledge from their own subject areas plus their personal interests.

"We had a really good cross section of different backgrounds, so everybody kind of covered different categories," she said.

Each team also could pay $10 for five mulligans to use on questions they didn't know.

"We were very judicious on how we used those," Gach said. "We saved them until the end and wound up using three of them in one round. They were nice to have because they saved us a couple of times."

Gach became part of the Ora Pro Nobis team as a late substitute.

"I hadn't planned on being a part of it," she said, "but I'm glad I was now."

"I enjoyed the fact (the event) raised money for the band, and it was a fun way to do it," she commented. "I hope it's something they continue to do, have more competitions like that, because that was really fun."

Gach said she didn't feel she contributed substantially to her team's success, although she did provide the answer to the "Jack and Jill" nursery rhyme on how Jack mended his head.

"I had to sit there, and run it through my head to the second verse before I could come up with that," she said with a laugh.

With the championship decided on a tie-breaker after the seven regular rounds and bonus round, Gach observed, "Everybody's answers were crucial since we won by only one point. Any of the answers could have been that one point that was the deciding factor."

Veteran Carroll Area Symphony Orchestra trombone player Kevin Patrick, whose two daughters and son all graduated from CHS with the girls participating in vocal music, emceed the contest, presenting the questions and keeping the action entertaining with lighthearted, quick banter.

"I think we had a good crowd that was receptive, and they had a good time," Patrick said. "I think it's a good event. I think they're planning to do it again, and I can see it just getting bigger."

Patrick was happy to be asked to serve as host.

"I told them that anything to do with the arts, I would be happy to help," he said.

He acknowledged it was much easier reading the questions - purchased from an online site - than it would have been coming up with answers.

"Some of those questions, I don't know who came up with them or who could even know the answers," he said. "But the way it (the competition) is made, they don't want everybody to get all the answers right. That's the way you're going to come up with a winner, put some in there that are just way out in left field.

"It was a good event. It was fun. I hope they made some money with it. It goes to a good cause."

Winning team Ora Pro Nobis donated its $400 prize to the band's fundraising effort.

CHS band director Patrick Box said Trivia Night hit the right notes for fun, competition and fundraising.

"We felt like for our first time hosting the event, it was a success," Box said. "The teams seemed to have a great time, and we were able to raise some money to help our students. We would like to build upon the numbers we had this year and grow it to be a much bigger event in future years."

He added, "Kevin Patrick was an excellent host. He kept people laughing throughout the evening. We had great prizes thanks to the generosity of many local businesses. I think the contestants had a great time. For $20, they were entertained for a solid two hours. I believe everyone felt like it was worth the money. I'm not sure that there is one aspect that people enjoyed the most. I think the trivia questions were a great mixture of difficulty levels and many of the questions were quite humorous. I think the prizes for each round were good, and people also enjoyed the opportunity to win door prizes throughout the night."

Businesses in the community donated door prizes plus prizes awarded to the winning team in each round.

"We are very grateful to the many local businesses that made donations," Box said. "Without them, we simply could not have had this event. We had donations from Drees Company, Pizza Ranch, the Carroll High School Booster Club, Subway, Triple A Seeds, Culver's, Walmart, Santa Maria Winery, Perk Central, Pepsi, Stone Printing, Mac's Corner Cafe, Carroll 5 Movie Theater, and from Kristi's Kandies and Heirlooms in Storm Lake."

The band has more fundraisers planned including a spaghetti supper and silent auction on Friday, March 7, at the high school. The event will include live music, a three-course meal and several items available to purchase in the silent auction.