What is the Trivia Bee?
The Trivia Bee is a unique LEF tradition – a fun evening that brings the Lexington community together for a friendly battle of wits while raising funds to enhance educational excellence in the Lexington Public Schools.
Three member teams of teachers, students, town employees, and citizens come decked out and ready to compete in this trivia contest, while hundreds of Lexingtonians cheer them on. Bring a friend, bring your family, and bring your trivial best!
Teams compete in rounds (or swarms), with the winners of the swarms battling it out in the final round. All answers are supplied by the team, so no one person is ever put on the spot. Trivia questions are in the following categories: history, sports, popular culture, science, arts/literature and current events.
Join us at the Bee, whether as a team member, team sponsor, audience member, or volunteer.
Congratulations to 2018 Trivia Bee Winners !
2018 Masters of Trivia - Bee the Ball, Danny - a group of parents from Bowman
Click on the picture gallery for 2018 Trivia Bee pictures.
Lexington Education Foundation's 23rd Annual Trivia Bee was Sweet! Families, educators, volunteers and students nearly packed the LHS auditorium Monday night, Nov. 5, to cheer on their favorite teams. 43 teams of 3, including educators from each Lexington school, local organizations and businesses, competed in this entertaining battle of wits. Teams were divided into six "swarms" and the swarm winners, plus one randomly chosen team (this year the team drawn was "Let It Bee" from the Chinese American Association of Lexington) advanced to the final round. Community member and retired Lexington Public Schools' Coordinator of Performing Arts, Jeff Leonard, was Master of Ceremonies asking and in some cases playing his instrument to pose questions such as, "Harare is the capitol of which African country?" - Answer: Zimbabwe. Alyssa Lauzon, Head of Youth Services at Cary Library, was the timekeeper and the guest judge was Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Julie Hackett.
Audience members waved Bee fans, played bee trivia with LEF's own STAR Man, Lance Conrad, and voted "Estabees" as the favorite team name. In the final round the team "Bee the Ball, Danny" won the 2018 Masters of Trivia title! Self-sponsored team members Joel Moore, Steve Reilly, and Dost Ongur were thrilled to win this year having competed in several past LEF Trivia Bee events. One team member noted "We've been working to win this for years!" The winners wished to have the trophy displayed at Bowman School. The trophy spent last school year at Clarke Middle School after the team "Colony Collapse Disorder," consisting of three Clarke teachers, won the Masters of Trivia title in 2017.
LEF is grateful to the Trivia Bee co-chairs Rebecca Smerling and Julie Lippert plus all of the sweet volunteers including board members, LEF student ambassadors, and community members who worked together to bring this event to the community. Special thanks to LHS custodians, John Diperna, Bruce Ryder at the LPS print shop, photographer Lin Tong, and LexMedia.
This event is made possible by the generous contribution of donors who sponsored teams and provided donations: Abbott’s Frozen Custard, The Wellington Neighborhood Eatery, il Casale Lexington, Boston Harbor Now, MIT Lincoln Laboratories, Capstone Mortgage, Janovitz + Tse Real Estate Group, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Lester Savage Century 21, Evans Griffiths & Hart, One2One BodyScapes, Pinot's Palette, Lexington Dental Associates, Coppe+Sears Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, Beth Sager Realty, Finnegan Development, Russian School of Mathematics, Bowman Elementary School PTA, Bridge PTA, Chinese American Association of Lexington, Estabrook PTO, Fiske PTO, Harrington PTA, Clarke PTO, Lexington High School PTO, Lexington Interfaith Clergy Association, LexFUN!, Hastings PTA, Diamond PTA, Conrad Family, Tom Griffiths, Jacotin Family, Leader Family, Moore Öngür and Reilly Families, Murnaghan Family, Orf Family, Pearlman Colburn and Rago Families, Raymond Apgar and Osber Families, Walsh Minihane and Gazourian Families, Tracey Wright, Brian Bernstein, Mike & Crystal Kjelsberg, Bob & Jennifer Ryan, Caitlin Ahern, Chris Lyons, Maureen Kavanaugh, Alessandro Alessandrini, Kathryn Colburn, Eileen Jay, Kathleen Lenihan, Deepika Sawhney.
Congratulations to the 2017 Masters of Trivia!
2017 Masters of Trivia - Colony Collapse Disorder from Clarke Middle School
Click on the picture gallery for 2018 Trivia Bee pictures.Photo courtesy Andras Cser.
LEF’s 22nd TRIVIA BEE competition, a friendly battle of wits which has become a popular town tradition, was held at the Lexington High School on Thursday, Nov 9th and is being called the best TRIVIA BEE to date. 42 teams participated in the competition in front of a packed auditorium. The energy level this year was unprecedented. The introduction of the yellow paddle cards which the audience raised and waved in support of their teams was a hit. So was the interactive audience questions in between swarms.
Like every year, the Lexington schools were well represented by students as well as faculty and were joined by teams from the School Committee, LexFun and others. Local businesses generously sponsored several teams and were recognized for their support.
Event Chair Caroline Yang and Co-Chair Yumio Saneyoshi opened the event to a cheering house, followed by LEF Presidents Karen Orf and Kimberly McCormick who shared excitement about projects LEF has funded. Jeff Leonard was the master of ceremonies and once again wowed the audience with his live music performance for each musical question.
The competition was fierce, as demonstrated by the need for several tie-breaker questions in multiple swarms. The final tie-breaker round went to Colony Collapse Disorder from Clarke Middle School. The final question was: Who was crowned the Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Leo the 3 rd in year 800?
A new trophy was introduced this year which the winning team displays for a year. The People’s Choice for the most creative team name went to the team “Bridge Bad Boys”.
2016 Trivia Bee Winners - the "Drone Rangers"
What a great night at the 21st Annual LEF Trivia Bee! Every school in Lexington had at least two teacher teams competing, with a loyal cheering section in the audience. There were also many teams of community groups, parents, students and general trivia buffs.
It was a tough competition, but The Drone Rangers took the Masters of Trivia title and won first prize.
Thank you to all of the teams, the generous sponsors, the volunteers, and the very enthusiastic audience, who made it extra fun!
A special thanks to Red Heat Tavern for providing the very tasty wraps and to Lexx for donating the first prize of a $250 gift certificate!