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23rd annual Trivia Bee draws crowd, part of $24K for education

'Quizzical Responsibility' crowned champs

Champs Jennifer Susse, Dean Carman, center, and Joe Curro.Recognize 'em? Champs Jennifer Susse, Dean Carman, center, and Joe Curro. UPDATED, March 27: The Arlington Education Foundation was the host for the 23rd annual Arlington Trivia Bee at Town Hall on Sunday, March 25.

Thirty-two teams of three adults participated in a multiround competition that covered topics ranging from history, sports and current events to science, music and literature.

More than 300 people cheered for friends and enjoyed an afternoon pursuing trivia.


With a boost from the bee, so far this year, 40 local businesses have donated a combined total of $24,000 to the foundation.

In the first round, seven teams of fifth graders, one team from each elementary school, faced off in their own competition. The kids proudly showed off their knowledge on a wide variety of subjects. In the end, the Stratton School team of Mia Vakoc, Iain Broomell, Manu Mahenthiran earned the trophy, which will live at Stratton till next year.

The adult teams represented a wide variety of Arlington's civic organizations and interest groups, including the "The Cyrus Dallinators" of Dallin School, "Mental Health Mavens" of the Board of Youth Services and "Artisocrats" of the Arlington Center for the Arts, to name a few. Several teams comprised neighborhood groups or friends.

In addition to creative team names, many teams wore themed hats -- or full costumes -- which added a touch of silliness to the competition. 

Best costume: 'Peeps and Bounds'

Teams were challenged with such questions as "Installed in 2017 as a symbol of gender equality, what bronze statue of a pony-tailed girl in a windblown dress stands defiantly in front of Wall Street's Charging Bull statue?" (answer: "Fearless Girl)" and "Also known as 'that thing with the cups that spin,' what common weather-station instrument measures the speed of wind?" (answer: anemometer).

After four rounds of questions and a playoff round, the winning team was clear: "Quizzical Responsibility" made up of Arlington elected officials Jennifer Susse (School Committee), Joe Curro (selectman), Dean Carman (treasurer) took home the trophy for the 2018 Arlington Trivia Bee.


The best costume award went to the School Committee team. Kirsi Allison-Ampe, Jeff Thielman and Paul Schlichtman were decorated in colorful Easter peeps to illustrate their team name, "Growing by Peeps and Bounds."

The free event is always a fun afternoon for participants as well as for spectators who enjoy the kids' activities, live music and a chance to whisper correct answers to each other during the event or even win prizes by answering the audience-participation trivia questions.

This year's Trivia Bee was supported by a growing number of local businesses that support the foundation's goals of enhancing public education in Arlington. The group is especially grateful to its two platinum sponsors: Arlington Orthodontics and Belmont Orthodontics.
Many thanks go to two gold sponsors: Villandry Contracting and Zipwall Dust Barrier Solutions.

The foundation is fortunate to have several silver sponsors: Brookline Bank, East Cambridge Savings Bank, Leader Bank, McLean Hospital, Mirak Automotive Group, Quad Cycles, Running Brook Camps and Watertown Savings Bank.

AEF provides grants for systemwide initiatives and creative new projects to enhance the educational experience of Arlington's teachers and students. Community donations enable AEF to award about $100,000 annually in grants to the Arlington Public Schools.
For more information on AEF and its grants, visit

More 2017 photos here >> and here >>

March 28, 2017: NOT SO TRIVIAL: Stratton Smarties sweep 22nd bee

March 26, 2016: 21st annual Trivia Bee raises more than $10,700 for schools

March 24, 2015: Education foundation trivia bee raises $6,900 for public schools

This news announcement was published Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, and updated March 27.

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