Nervous-looking kindergarteners and first-graders were the first to line up at the gymnasium entrance. They waited to be ushered to a chair where a volunteer questioner waited to ask them dozens of questions.
Kindergarteners like TyReece Asbe had to memorize the answers to questions such as “Name the Native American that taught the Pilgrims to plant corn” and “Give another name for Tyrannosaurus Rex.” Answers: “Squanto” and “King of the Dinosaurs.”
Teacher Jody Petry said this was the 10th year the school has held the Mindcore Marathon. This was the first year it was held in the spacious new Washington Elementary that opened in December.
Petry said the Mindcore Marathon has corporate sponsors. Students earn dollars for every question they get right. More right answers meant more dollars for new technology for the school and new books for the library.
Principal Ione Sautner said this year’s Mindcore Marathon raised $6,145 for the school.
Bob Petry asks questions of kindergartener TyReece Asbe during the Mindcore Marathon Friday at Washington Elementary.