School offers ‘Trivia Night’

NORTHROP – Do you frequently shout out answers while watching “Jeopardy?” Do you think you’d get rich if you could just get on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”

Trivia Night, a new type of fundraiser at Martin Luther High School in Northrop, will provide a chance to showcase your knowledge. Beginning at 6 p.m. Nov. 8, the school will host teams who will compete for first and second place – and ultimate bragging rights.

Lori Quinn, high school office manager, and Amanda Bergt, history and drama instructor at the school, serve on the event committee. They credit Laura and Wayne Wille, parents of past and present students, with introducing the concept of Trivia Night to the school. Laura moved to the area from Missouri, where the competitions are hugely popular, Quinn said.

The committee set a goal of 10 teams, but only six have registered so far, with one team comprised of school staff and the remaining teams made up of parents and students ages 13 and older.

“Since it is new, people might be waiting to see what happens,” Bergt said.

“We want to see more of the community,” not just people associated with Martin Luther, Quinn said. She hopes people will form teams of family members, friends, co-workers or neighbors.

Each team can have a maximum number of eight participants and will pay an $80 entry fee. Some teams have the maximum, and some have as few as four members.

If your friends and co-workers don’t share your penchant for trivia, single entries will be accepted.

“We will help you find a team,” Bergt said.

There will be 10-question rounds in each of 10 different categories, with each team recording the final answers from their group. If a team is stumped on a question, “mulligans” will be for sale at the bargain rate of 10 for $10. However, only one mulligan may be used in each round.

No electronic devices, such as laptops or cell phones, will be allowed.

“You’ll have to turn off your phone, and I have a basket for the phones,” Quinn said. “There will be no lifelines. You can’t phone a friend. You can’t Google.”

Quinn and Bremer hope the friendly competition and entertainment offered by Trivia Night will become as popular in this area as it is in Missouri and Indiana.

“We’ve been planning this since June,” Quinn said. “We hope it catches on because we’ve have a March date set” for another Trivia Night.

Larry Bremer and Leon McNea will serve as event emcees, and the committee members will be judges, determining the validity and accurateness of the answers.

Money raised at Trivia Night will be used to offset expenses for the Martin Luther students, parents, faculty and alumni who will be traveling to Europe in June 2015. The school sponsors the trip every three years.

There will be food and beverages available for sale. Child care, with a free-will offering, will be provided, and there will be door prizes.

For more information or to register your team, call Martin Luther High School at (507) 436-5249.