OSWEGO, NY Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Students at Trinity Catholic School weren’t playing for $1 million.
Nevertheless, the school’s version of the popular TV game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” had equally attractive prizes for the elementary students.
The grades were represented by two-student teams who could answer the questions themselves or seek help from other students in the gym. After each round, two new students came up to represent their grade.
“The game focuses on questions from all areas and each grade level,” explained David Friedlander, principal. “All our teachers had a hand in coming up with the questions and answers. This is a fun way for the students to show off what they’ve learned.”
If the students weren’t sure of an answer, they had two “Lifeline” cards they could use to ask their classmates for help or “phone” any student in the gym.
Each grade level was asked a question specific to something they had studied. There were eight rounds total.
The questions, with four possible answers, were projected on to the wall of the gymnasium.
The questions ranged from parts of sentences and words, to arts and music, religion and science and more.
Some of the questions were delivered and answered in Spanish.
Father Baraski walked behind the row of students holding a microphone so the teams’ answers could be heard by all.
When they gave their answer, he asked, “Is that your final answer?”
They usually said yes, and were always correct, with just a couple of exceptions.
The event was the final part of Catholic Schools Week; there was supposed to be a sledding party on Saturday, but it was cancelled due to a lack of snow.
“Our celebration of Catholic Schools Week started with a big family mass and winds up with a big family party,” Friedlander said. “I think you can see the theme here.”
Earlier in the week, the sixth graders took on the faculty and staff in a game of volleyball.
The students jumped out to a quick 6-2 advantage while their classmates and students from all the other grades in the audience began to chant Queen’s “We will, we will rock you!” and stomped their feet on the gym’s stage.
The adults, however, tied the game and then surged to a 12-6 lead.
But the students wouldn’t be denied. Their starters returned to the floor refreshed and chipped away at the deficit.
In a matter of minutes it was 12 all. The two teams traded points the next couple of volleys.
The adults stalled at 14 and the sixth graders pounded away two more points for the 16-14 victory.
“They were tough,” Friedlander said of the sixth graders.
“They knew just what they were doing,” agreed Judy Enwright, one of the players on the adult team. “They wore us out.”
For winning, the students earned a dress down day for all of the other students.
Prizes were also awarded in the millionaire game.
The fifth grade answered four questions correctly and earned a dress down day.
The second grade received an ice cream party for six correct answers.
The kindergarteners, first and fourth graders got seven questions right and earned a movie and popcorn day for their classmates.
For getting all eight questions correct, the third and sixth grades will receive an in-class game party.