Students Hit Jackpot in Game Show Showdown

El Vaquero Staff Writer

High noon in Plaza Vaquero. The sun beat down mercilessly as they squared off. Nervously, they eyed each other. They raised their hands above their hips and tensely waited – to ring that bell.

ASGCC held the first “Game Show” that pitted students and teachers against each other in a competition that was part “Jeopardy” and part “Survivor,” mixing trivia questions with physical challenges.

Three students, Angel A. Huerzo, 23, media production major, Armen Mkrtchyan, 20, computer engineering major, and Ani Sinanyan, 18, biology major, faced off against Julie Gentile, instructor of accounting, Sidney Kolpas, associate professor of mathematics, and Andrea Rusnock, instructor of art history.

Would the students become their teachers’, well, teachers?

In the first two trivia rounds, the answer was, apparently, no. The teachers schooled the students, ringing in with the correct answers time and time again on questions dealing with sports and history. The students trailed, even though they successfully completed their first physical challenge of finding a piece of candy in a pie without using hands.

Then came the third round. The category was entertainment. This time the students, especially Sinanyan, were the ones confidently slapping the buzzers. But even at the end of the round, the score was 155-115 in favor of the teachers.

All was not lost, however. The students still had a physical challenge to complete; bobbing for three apples in 30 seconds, a “double whammie” worth 40 points. Huerzo got down on his knees, stuck his face in the water and bobbed, easily beating the deadline. The score was now tied at 155.

Then came the tie-breaker question. “Who was the first soccer team to win the first soccer world championship?” asked game show hostess Selin Nazarian, 19, philosophy major.

The answer, “Uruguay!” rang out. And it had come from Mkrtchyan, a student.

The students won not only bragging rights, but also $25 gift certificates to Starbucks. The teachers also received “lovely parting gifts,” according to Nazarian.

“I thought the teachers would win because I thought they had more wisdom, but I’m glad the students won,” said Hala Shamas, 19, business, one of the organizers of the event.

Indeed, the gamed ended with no poor sports to be found. Rusnock said she had fun and added, “I’m just glad they didn’t have questions about boy bands.”