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Marcellus High School makes 'Double Down' debut

For the first time, Marcellus Senior High School competed in “Double Down,” WCNY’s award-winning high school academic quiz show in which host Bill Baker poses challenging questions in science, math, literature, current events and other topics.

The school’s three-member team, made up of National Honor Society seniors Michael Abbott, Sean King and Stephen Larison, traveled to the public TV station’s Broadcast and Education Center in Syracuse on Oct. 18, to compete in the qualifying round – along with 24 teams from across the region. (Alternates Rebekah Mullins and Genna Rao also attended.) The 16 teams who performed best in the 2-minute lightning round then advanced to the “Round of 16,” which already has been recorded and is scheduled to air Dec. 7.      

“All interested students took a quiz based on the ‘Double Down’ categories, and the top three scorers were selected to participate,” said Sue Larison, the school’s Double Down and National Honor Society adviser. “The team then attended a couple of study sessions, during which they watched old ‘Double Down’ episodes and worked on increasing their 2014 general knowledge.”

In the Nov. 2 broadcast of the qualifying round, host Baker spoke at length about the spirit exhibited by the Marcellus team, whose members wore blazers and neckties in the school colors of red and green and carried Marcellus travel mugs.

“I think it was their first year ever appearing at ‘Double Down,’” Baker says on camera. “They were loaded for bear. They even dressed. They had their blazers on, they had the coffee mugs, they had the hat. They were looking really good.”

So how did the Marcellus team fare during the qualifying round? We won’t ruin the surprise. Watch the video to find out. (Or click here.)

The Marcellus HS "Double Down" team, from left: Rebekah Mullins (alternate), Stephen 
Larison, Sean King, Michael Abbott and Genna Rao (alternate).

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