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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Shawnee High School students to be featured on game show

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  • The Shawnee High School Academic Team will be featured on “Mind Games,” a trivia game show.
     
    The show will run at 6 p.m. tomorrow on KSBI Channel 52.
     
    The academic team went up against Deer Creek Academic Team.
     
    Shawnee High School Academic Team consists of two teams; varsity and junior varsity. Students meet after school to compete in answering timed trivia questions.
     
    Academic Coach Jeremy Burnett, who graduated from Shawnee High School in 1993, said the team was around before he graduated.
     
    “They’ve done it for a long time,” he said.
     
    The two teams have about 20 students between them, Burnett said.
     
    Freshmen and sophomores are on the junior varsity team, while varsity takes juniors and seniors.
     
    “We have a lot of students involved,” Burnett said.
     
    Students compete in games against seven high schools including Ada High School, Byng High School, McAlester High School, Carl Albert High School, Choctaw High School, Harrah High School and Tecumseh High School.
     
    Questions vary from sports, science, art, current events, and others.
     
    “Just about everything,” Burnett said. “Students really like it when Harry Potter questions come up.”
     
    Five students competed in “Mind Games.” Seniors included Will Argo and Josh McSperritt, and juniors were Dakota Barber, Zack Bivings, and Tanner Rippee.
     
    Students had a variety of reasons for participating in the Academic Team.
     
    “I’m not really coordinated enough to be in anything else,” Barber said.
     
    “It’s a really fun mental workout,” Argo said.
     
    Bivings said he is continuing his involvement, and has been involved since the sixth grade.
    “A lot of friends recommended it to me,” Rippee said.
     
    The next game is at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Varsity Room at Shawnee High School. Students will compete against students from Ada, Harrah and Choctaw.
     

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