Match Wits 2015!

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Congratulations to Team Westfield, Match Wits Champions for 2015!

(Pictured above, starting at top left and proceeding clockwise:  Ray Carter, Terry Bittner, Glenn Cameron, Cheryl Bittner, Heather Smee, Jodi Crawford)

For our fifth year, Project: LEARN of Medina County hosted Match Wits, a friendly and fun trivia competition for teams from around Medina County.  This year’s event was Thursday, April 23rd at Coppertop at Cherokee Hills Country Club in Valley City.

Teams of up to 8 players competed to become the trivia champions of Medina County.  It was a tough battle this year, with three teams—Medina Sunrise Rotary, Westfield Group, and Wadsworth BookShelf teams tying in the initial round of competition.  After the sudden death playoff round, Westfield Group took the championship.  Medina Sunrise Rotary and Wadsworth BookShelf tied for second place.  The Westfield team was particularly impressive given that up to 8 players could be on a team, but they won with a table of 6 players. (A photo of the winning team is attached.  Winning team members from Team Westfield are: Starting at top left and proceeding clockwise: Ray Carter, Terry Bittner, Glenn Cameron, Cheryl Bittner, Heather Smee, Jodi Crawford.)

Participants enjoyed a buffet dinner at Coppertop, followed by delicious cupcakes provided by A Cupcake A Day.  A total of 23 teams participated this year—an all-time high for this event.  (Cavaliers’ playoff game score updates were provided by quizmaster Tony Robinson throughout the evening.)

Teams could win the assistance of a “guru”—a subject matter expert—in each of the eight categories of questions in the event.  Guests could also win one of eight prize baskets based on the eight categories of questions.

Project: LEARN thanks corporate and organization sponsors The Post Newspapers, C: Dox Marketing & Apparel, Westfield Group, A Cupcake A Day and Medina Sunrise Rotary.

Project: LEARN thanks our gurus for this year for donating their time and talents to Match Wits:

Category 1:  COFFEE:  A Latte On Our Minds!:  Laura Parnell, owner of Cool Beans Café in Medina.

Category 2:  GOLF: A Good Walk, Spoiled:  Ben Cavey, Regional Golf Operations Manager at the Davey Tree Company.

Category 3:  FILM: What Film Was That?:  Film studies graduate Adam Miller.

Category 4: FOWL PLAY: Birds and Birding: Amateur ornithologist Sandy Brown.

Category 5:  LOCAL SPORTS: A Factory of Sadness?:   Medina Gazette sports writer Rick Noland.

Category 6:  WHAT’S THE BUZZ?:  Bees and Beekeeping  Local farmer and honey producer Jim Aylsworth.

Category 7: CLASSICAL MUSIC: Too Hot to Handel: Wayne County-based music educator Elizabeth Crabtree.

Category 8:  BROADWAY BABY!: Broadway Musicals and Stars: Michael Sferro, president of the Medina County Arts Foundation and the Producer of CAMEO.

Project: LEARN is facing a significant increase in the number of students seeking our help with reading, math, English as a second language, and the GED test. The new GED is now a more challenging, computerized test, and students need more help than ever to improve their skills to pass the test. We need community support to ensure we can continue to provide a high level of assistance to all Medina County adults who need our help.  Project: LEARN is grateful to all of our participating teams for their support of Match Wits and Project: LEARN.

Here are a few more pictures from this year’s event:

Quizmaster Tony Robinson and the volunteer team at the tally tables
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Team members from The Post Newspapers – former champions!
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Members from the Brunswick BookShelf Guys and Dolls team
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The Borg team members: Kathy Breitenbucher, Bethany Dentler, and our Brunswick Supervising Tutor Tim Dentler!
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Members of the Medina Sunrise Rotary team–finished tied for second place this year!
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Pre-event information:

We are excited to be planning Match Wits 2015! Please save the date of Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 for this year’s event.  Our hosts again this year will be Coppertop at Cherokee Hills Country Club in Valley City.

This year’s event will follow the same format as last year’s, providing a fun night of participation for everyone in attendance.  Teams will again consist of up to 8 players, all participating simultaneously from their banquet table at Coppertop.  After a delicious buffet meal, participants will get down to business and try to answer the challenging questions posed by the quiz master.  Every table in the room will be participating, so it will be an exciting and fun evening of trivia!

A bonus offering again this year will be the opportunity to win the assistance of a “topic guru” for a portion of the game.  Raffle tickets ($1 each, 6 for $5) will be sold on site, and you can put your ticket in for the guru(s) of your choice.  New this year:  Prize packs that can be won via ticket auction, with themed prizes that will coincide with this year’s question categories.

Corporate teams can become sponsors of the event, as detailed on the entry form here: Match Wits official registration form 2015   An event program will contain advertising for all corporate sponsors, as well as team name listings and directions for participation.  If your firm cannot send a team, you can still support Project: LEARN with an ad in the program.

Non-corporate teams of up to 8 individuals can preregister for a small discount and guarantee preferred seating and other benefits.

We are facing a huge increase in the number of students seeking our help with reading, math, English as a second language, and especially the GED test. The new GED is now a more challenging, computerized test, and students need more help than ever to improve their skills to pass the test. We need your support to ensure we can continue to provide a high level of assistance to all Medina County adults who need our help.

We think this year’s event will be great fun!  Please contact us with any questions at 330-723-1314 or projectlearn.medina@gmail.com.

Please get registrations to us by March 30 to guarantee a table for your team!

UPDATE, MARCH 9TH!  We are excited to announce some of our gurus for this year’s event:

1.  Coffee Category:  Laura Parnell, owner of Cool Beans Café, has a latte on her mind!

2.  Golf Category:  Ben Cavey, Regional Golf Operations Manager at the Davey Tree Company, doesn’t agree that golf is “a good walk, spoiled.”

3.  Film Category:  Adam Miller, Film Studies graduate from Baldwin Wallace University, swears he can identify any film quote, ever!

4.  Bird Category:  Sandra Brown, amateur ornithologist, can tell you about her birding adventures all over the country!

5.  Local Sports Category:  Rick Noland:  if the Cavs don’t have a playoff game that night, we will be joined by Gazette sports columnist Rick Noland, who has forgotten more about local sports than most of us will ever know…he’s even written a book about the subject!

6.  Bees and Beekeeping:  Jim Aylsworth, beekeeper and local farmer, will share the honey of his knowledge with a lucky team!

More guru and category announcements to come soon!!

UPDATE, MARCH 31st:

We are excited to add two gurus to our list of esteemed subject matter experts!

7.  Broadway Category:  Michael Sferro, President of the Medina County Arts Foundation and Producer of the annual CAMEO summer show, knows more about Broadway than just about anyone in Medina County!

8. Classical Music:  Wayne County-based music educator Elizabeth Crabtree will serve as our classical music guru for 2015.

We are pleased to celebrate the support of the following corporate sponsors:

Westfield Group (who has fielded an extremely competitive team for many years (former winners of Match Wits))

Medina Sunrise Rotary

The Post Newspapers

C:Dox Marketing & Apparel

A Cupcake A Day