By Kristina Mullis, FLEACT Yokosuka Public Affairs
(YOKOSUKA, Japan) – Are you smarter than a group of high schoolers?
A team of Sailors from Commander, Submarine Group Seven (CSG 7) decided to find out Monday, April 18, as participants in the Fleet Activities (FLEACT) Yokosuka Captain’s Cup Brain Bowl at Nile C. Kinnick High School (KHS).
Dan Lufkin, a KHS World History teacher and Brain Bowl sponsor said that while the students have competed against schools all across the Kanto Plain, this was the first time they had faced a Navy group.
“School Liaison Officer Chris Dickson and I were looking for opportunities to get the community and Navy involved,” Lufkin said. “We thought this would be a good way to have fun being smart.”
The Brain Bowl consisted of four rounds, with questions from categories such as science, math, history, English literature and arts. As questions were read, each team member would buzz in for the correct answer.
Kinnick’s Brain Bowl team ranged from freshmen to seniors who meet weekly to practice a variety of Trivial Pursuit-like questions. Team co-captain, senior Ronin Tamez, said while the team was prepared, it was a different experience going against Sailors.
“We were maybe a little nervous about going against a Navy group,” said Ronin Tamez. “They have extra life experience, but we have recently been learning all of these subjects.”
Capt. Harry Ganteaume, CSG7 Chief of Staff, said his command is supportive of Captain’s Cup events, and many officers were interested in participating.
The battle came down to the last question, where the Kinnick students were able to slide by the CSG 7 Sailors to get the win. Although the Sailors did not win, Ganteaume said the team did well.
“I think we did better than we expected,” said Ganteaume. “We thought we would get crushed.”
Many dates throughout April and May are open for commands and community groups. For more information on how your command or team can participate, please call 241-2955 or visit the adult sports office.
FLEACT Yokosuka provides, maintains, and operates base facilities and services in support of 7th Fleet’s Forward-Deployed Naval Forces, 83 tenant commands and 24,000 Military and civilian personnel.