Kenai, Soldonta teams square off in trivia contest that’s just for fun

Questionable competition

Posted: Friday, April 27, 2007

To hear the two mayors talk, Soldotna and Kenai are both going to win the Twin Cities Quiz Bowl this weekend.

In fact, Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey said, “Regardless of the score, we will be triumphant. We both will be. We’re promoting the culture of our entire area.”

Five-member teams from the two cities — led by Carey and Kenai Mayor Pat Porter — will square off against one another in a trivia contest at the Triumvirate Theatre in the Peninsula Center Mall at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets for the show cost $10 and proceeds go to the theater to fund its activities for children, according to Carey. Tickets are available at the Triumvirate Bookstore in the mall.

“I’m bringing in cheerleaders, so we’re gonna win,” said Porter, adding a laugh.

“We have a balanced team; we have energy; and, we’ve been working out ... sit-ups and pushups,” said Carey. He, too, added a laugh.

Besides Carey, Soldotna’s team will consist of City Manager Tom Boedeker; Soldotna and Skyview high schools Russian teacher, Gregori Vaissenberg; SoHi teacher Dan Gensel, who conducts an Alaska trivia show on radio daily; and Dave Richards, a Soldotna resident who called Carey asking to be on the team.

Representing Kenai with Porter are Margaret Gilman, vice-president of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly; Devin Boyle, a junior at Kenai Central High School; Jason Daniels, a Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School teacher; and Bill Hatch, a member of the borough school board.

The mayors are taking the contest a bit less than seriously, though Carey said he and Boedeker were both invited to a warm-up at this week’s Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

“They absolutely asked questions I couldn’t answer,” he said. “‘Who is Anna Nicole Smith’s baby’s father?’ Tom stepped in, though; he had the answers.”

When asked if the Kenai team has been practicing, Porter said, “No. We don’t need to practice.

“I’m looking at this strictly as fun,” she said. “With me as captain, that’s all it could be.”

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