February 27, 2004 at 4:14 AM CST - Updated June 26 at 11:29 AM
It's called Corporate Trivia Challenge, but as pumped up as the players get, a more militant name, such as Cranial Combat, might be more appropriate.
"Two bits, four bits, six bits a dollar. All for American State Bank, stand up and holler," said team players and their supporters.
Greene County Tech educators won the competition last year.
Marilyn Jerome, Greene County Tech High School Principal, and trivia team member said, "I think it was more nerve racking this year than last year, because of the expectations that siphon around school."
This was Sarah Carter's first time participating.
"We had practice Monday night," said Carter, "and of course tonight the show, and I've just had a great time. My teammates are wonderful."
Players have fun, but schools benefit most from this game and from the Arkansas Council on Economic Education. It's an organization that's teaching young and older Arkansans about economics.
Trivia Challenge Co-Chairperson Joe Wessell explained, "Children now days, and young people, don't get enough economics, and it teaches them a lot of things like that, but it's not a required curriculum in the state, and so schools that participate in this the teachers have to be trained, and this is what the council does."
Marilyn Jerome said Tech teachers travel to all areas of the state to take advantage of the programs offered.
"We incorporate it into all of our social studies, department; all the classes that are there," said Jerome.
Carter added, "I think it's a wonderful thing that we have economics in the schools now."
Arkansas, especially the northeast region of the state, has had a lot of state and national student winners in economic competitions. Joe Wessell said the Natural State is number one in the country in teaching economics to kids. About $18,000 was raised on this night to help in that effort.