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Smarts on display
Team from retail giant takes home top prize
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Rotary team member Scott Yochum takes a peek at Shyla Sheffield and Diane Fraziers answer to see if they know the capital of Michigan. - photo by Michele Hester Dawson Community News

Only a team from the Dawsonville Walmart can lay claim to the distinction of being smarter than a 10-year-old.

"It was a team effort," said Mike Bradbury, co-manager at the superstore, who competed in the Reading Education Association of Dawson County fundraiser along with associates Steve Wilkinson and Luca Isandora.

"Walmart likes to take part in community events," he said. "I begged these two guys to join the team because of their wit and their wisdom. We all had different expertise.

"They couldn't have gotten the megabytes question and I couldn't have got the presidents question, so it all worked out."

The team from Northeast Georgia Medical Plaza also made it to the final 1,000,000-point question during the competition at Dawson County Middle School. The team, however, failed to answer it correctly: Which U.S. state has the longest non-freshwater shoreline?

A retired Marine, Wilkinson knew the answer was Alaska, while Jo Brewer for the medical team chose California.

Mike Ziegenbalg, president of the R.E.A.D. board, called the seventh annual event a great success.

"On behalf of R.E.A.D., I'd like to thank everybody that helped support our organization this year. It surely makes a difference to Dawson County," he said. "We had a great turnout and I think everybody had a great time."

Set up much like Jeff Foxworthy's popular TV game show of a similar name, the event poses questions taught in the elementary school.

Fifth-graders from each of the county's schools are on hand to help if the queries prove too difficult.

Dawsonville Gun and Pawn, Lanier Technical College, the city of Dawsonville, Rotary Club of Dawson County, Lions Club and the Dawson County Woman's Club also fielded teams.

A portion of the event's proceeds go toward a scholarship for a graduating Dawson County High School senior in the spring.

R.E.A.D. will sponsor the scholarship in the name of Mark Heard Fuel, which was selected from among about two dozen local business and individual sponsors that bought letters in an alphabet raffle.