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MADRID — Are you smarter than a 12th-grader?

Madrid Waddington Central school students are challenging adults to a trivia competition today at 5 p.m.

For $10 a player, teams of up to four players will test their knowledge against 12th-grade-level questions.

The event benefits the school’s Whiz Quiz Team, which hosts annual Quiz Bowl tournaments. Held once a year, 20 students from eight area high schools, inside and outside St. Lawrence County, participate in the competition.

Kathleen Tiernan, a senior and president of the Whiz Quiz Team, said she and fellow teammates practice at lunch almost every day to prepare for the tournament.

“I think it gives our students the opportunity to test their academic acumen in a competitive environment,” said High School Math teacher and Whiz Quiz Adviser Troy R. Creurer. “Everyone enjoys going to or competing sporting events. This is akin to sporting event, expect it is given for your mind. The kids really enjoy it.”

The group has hosted tournaments for the past three years.

They are hoping to get eight to 12 teams today and raise close to $300 to fund trophies, purchase national Quiz Bowl questions and prizes for their annual tournament.

“It’s enjoyable being asked trivia questions,” said Ms. Tiernan. “My dad and I always enjoy watching Jeopardy together. I think everyone is going to have a lot of fun. Even if you get it wrong, you have a great time laughing at yourself, and you discover what people know and the variety of their knowledge.”

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