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March 31. 2013 10:37PM

Nashua foundation's quiz bowl is anything but trivial

NASHUA - In a friendly competition hosted by the Nashua Education Foundation, Nashua North and South high school students and faculty competed against one another in a quiz bowl to raise awareness and money for the district science center the foundation is planning to build.

North students beat their South counterparts, while the South faculty defeated their North peers during the Gate City Challenge quiz bowl on Wednesday.

Tim Hogan of the Nashua Education Foundation said that while the event raised hundreds of dollars, the real value in the competition is raising awareness about the foundation's mission.

"It was wonderful to see the students in action. The questions were hard, from geometry, geology to world history and trigonometry. It was incredible. I was pretty impressed with their talent and intellect," Hogan said.

With each team having its own competitive trivia team, Hogan said it was good to hold a friendly competition so students could relax and just have fun.

Hogan said the foundation, which has been in existence for years despite only being incorporated for three, works to provide district students with resources and access to technology with a focus on science and technology. Retired educators and community members who wanted to help ferry students and teachers through tough budget times launched the foundation.

"We have initiatives throughout the district. We want to provide more opportunities for every student in the district. We want students to excel and go to college," Hogan said.

He added that the foundation is staffed full of volunteers "who want to make sure that the next generation is ready to be leaders in the community."

With Mayor Donnalee Lozeau and Superintendent Mark Conrad in attendance along with many city officials, Hogan said it was nice to see support from the community. Entrance to the event, which was hosted at Nashua High School North, was free, but there was a donation box to help raise money.

Hogan said the Nashua Education Foundation is making a concerted effort to grow as large as possible as quickly as possible.

"We want to bring in people from the community who are interested in the children in the district and who want to help us grow," he said. "We are trying to establish a better relationship with the community so that we can help ensure students in this district get the best education they can get, despite any possible limitations in the school district's budget."

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