Brain Games: the smartest 30 minutes on television

After competing against Edgecombe Early College and Cape Fear Christian, the 2016-2017 LRHS Brain Game team beat Edgecombe Early College and tied with Cape Fear Christian. The Brain Game team meets every Monday in Room 241. (Photo used by permission of Amy Jones)After competing against Edgecombe Early College and Cape Fear Christian, the 2016-2017 LRHS Brain Game team beat Edgecombe Early College and tied with Cape Fear Christian. The Brain Game team meets every Monday in Room 241. (Photo used by permission of Amy Jones)

Since 1997, Brain Games has been tricking and challenging high schoolers across North Carolina. Schools such as Cardinal Gibbons, Millbrook, Research Triangle, and our very own Pride answer various trivia questions to test their knowledge on topics.

Questions range from Pop Up Culture, including movies, tv, and sports, as well as a segment called Crunching Numbers, where competitors must solve general math, algebraic, and geometry problems.

Earlier shows were hosted by the current WRAL weathercaster, Greg Fishel, but the show is now hosted by Mark Roberts, former traffic reporter.

Each show consists of eight segments, with 10 questions per segment. Teams can buzz in at any time while the questions is being read and supply their answer. If the answer is correct, the team gains twenty points. If they are incorrect, the team loses twenty points.

Josh Bryant, a senior, has competed for three years on the Brain Games team. “It’s fun in that you get to meet other people who are playing, and it’s kinda stressful sometimes. But at the same time sometimes halfway through I’ll forget there are even cameras cause I’m just so focused on answering the questions,” said Bryant.

You can come out and support Leesville at their first competition of the 2017-2018 season November 11 at WRAL-TV Studios. You can also support the Pride at home by tuning into Brain Games weekly on WRAL, Saturdays at 11:30 a.m.

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