J-D Students Show Off Their Skills on Double Down

By Angela Bussone and Emma Carr

Staff Writers

 

Five Jamesville-DeWitt High School students will appear on TV station WCNY as part of the game show series Double Down. The students, sophomore Matthew O’ Connor, seniors Jesenia Haynes, Rahul Raina, Kyrin Pollick, and Nick Street recorded the show in October but it won’t air until March 2, 2014. Double Down is an award winning high school academic game show where high school students show off their smarts by competing as a team against other students from local high schools.http://www.wcny.org/doubledownseason9/

This year the students made it through round one against Chittenango, but lost to CBA in the second round. However Principal Paul Gasparini isn’t very concerned with the results of the match. “It’s great that we are competing. I don’t get caught up in winning and losing. If they win I’ll be their biggest fan and brag about it for years, (but) if they lose I’ll say thank you and congratulate them,” says Mr. Gasparini. The students said that the main reason they struggled was the randomness of the questions.

According to team adviser Jamie Crawford the students couldn’t prepare because of the variety and randomness of the questions. The questions go from basic science to modern day art. “This is what made the show tricky,” said Ms. Crawford. The students did watch shows from the previous years to know what to expect. “The kids also kept up with current events,” said Pollock. Although the game show was very difficult, Mr. Gasparini and Pollock had faith in the kids that they recruited.

Mr. Gasparini and Pollock recruited people to be on the show this year, saysl Raina, because the people from WCNY sent emails out to local school who competed in previous years to invite them back. Mr. Gasparini asked Pollock to help because she had competed in previous years.

“Working with other people was alright. I was glad when I didn’t know the answer and they were there to help,” said Haynes. “Working with the other kids was fun and they are all smart and really good,” explained Street and Pollock. “First round we were not allowed to ask our teammates, then the other rounds we were allowed to consult. This is helpful when help was needed,” said O’Connor. 
All students said the show was nerve-wracking, but it was fun being on t.v .It was cool because everyone got to see you, worst part of being on T.V. was that the students were nervous because if they messed up everyone could see it.

“It’s great that we are competing. I don’t get caught up in winning and losing. If they win I’ll be their biggest fan and brag about it for years, (but) if they lose I’ll say thank you and congratulate them,” says Mr. Gasparini. “The kids are great and did a great job,” says Ms. Crawford, “We are very proud.”