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Damsels in success

Team wins quiz contest for READ

POSTED: October 21, 2009 4:00 a.m.
Michele Hester Dawson Community News/

Kilough Elementary School fifth-grader Sophie Holley was on stage to assist the teams during the Are You Smarter than a 10-year-old contest, a fundraiser for READ.

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Three members of the Dawson County Woman’s Club proved recently they are indeed smarter than a 10-year-old.


Calling themselves the Dawson Damsels, Pat Cavanaugh, Jan Connell and Duane Wallace breezed through their questions in the Third Annual Are You Smarter than a 10-year-old contest.


The Dawson Damsels then went on to answer a final question to win a million points and the contest Oct. 13 at Dawson County Middle School.


And for those who stumped on the last answer, Lyndon Johnson was the president who survived two assassination attempts by women.


“My two teammates are brilliant,” Cavanaugh said. “They made me look good.”

Connell was also a member of the winning team in 2007.


“I guess I just got lucky twice,” she said. “I do think READ is just an amazing program and does so much for our county. It’s a lot of fun to support it in that way.”


Proceeds from the event went to the Reading Education Association of Dawson County.


The nonprofit association works to educate the community through learning opportunities, including partnerships with the Dawson County Adult Learning Center, which prepares students to complete their GEDs.


A portion of the proceeds will go toward a scholarship for a member of Dawson County High School’s 2010 graduating class.


READ will name it for the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, which was selected from among the 25 local businesses and individuals who helped sponsor the contest by buying letters in an alphabet raffle.


The competition mimicked Jeff Foxworthy’s popular quiz show “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader,” with two fifth-graders from each of the county’s elementary schools on stage to assist the 10 teams.


“It was really a fun night for the kids, their parents and the community as a whole,” said Carol Tyger, READ president.


“Overall, it was a huge success. All the numbers are not in yet on how much we raised, but we were really pleased with the crowd.”

  The Dawson Damsels may have bragging rights for the next year, but the real winners are the students who are able to obtain their GEDs and further their potential, said Sandy Lipkowitz, READ’s executive director.


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