On Saturday, October 21, 2017, students from Riverside and Ellwood were at KDKA studios, One Gateway Center in Pittsburgh, for the taping of Home Town High Q.
Ellwood students Molly McCommons, Kyle Smith and Noah Rinker and Riverside students Morgan Deiseroth, Ari Kendra and Colby Belczyk represented the schools in the competition. Riverside competed alongside Ellwood City against Waynesburg.
The students compete against the rival teams by answering questions over subjects taught in school, similar to how Jeopardy is played.
Following the taping of the show, students went to the Strip District where they enjoyed a sandwich at Primanti’s and shopping at the ethnic shops.
Friends, family members, and other students went to the taping to cheer the teams on.
“Most of the students are members of Riverside’s International Club and with them, Riverside’s foreign exchange students had a great day. It ended with a visit to Baldinger’s Foods From Many Nations in Zelienople. Meshal Alsuwaidi from Saudi Arabia, Nick Wabra from Denmark, Risako Shiomi from Japan are at Riverside until June. Sarah Scharmann from Germany is visiting Riverside for two weeks while on break from her school in Germany,” Raylene Boots, the Riverside coach stated.
Whether the teams win or lose, Ellwood City’s coach, Jonica Walters, believes the event gives the students a positive experience.
“Not only do the students [of both teams] get to showcase what they know, Hometown High Q also brings the teams together. For students, there is and always will be a rivalry between Riverside and Ellwood, especially in football, but this isn’t like that – the students cheer for each other here.”
The participating students, grades 9-12, have been studying trivia since the beginning of the school year to prepare for the show.
Ellwood City has been participating in Hometown High Q since the 2000-01 school year when Sean McAfee, Ben Walters and Joe Vitullo competed and went on to the Play Offs.
Watch the show when it airs to find out who the winning team is!