Quiz bowl focuses on North Carolina history

May. 15, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

What’s North Carolina’s oldest newspaper — founded in 1816 — that is still in circulation today?

That’s the question that clinched a victory for Dr. Kelly Faulk, the winner of the North Carolina Quiz Bowl held Tuesday night at the fellowship hall of First Presbyterian Church.

Hosted by the the Lee County Library and developed by the Fayetteville Area Transportation Museum and the Museum of Cape Fear, the quiz bowl was the first-ever for the library.

“It was a lot of fun,” Faulk said. “A lot of really good questions.”

Joking that he got lucky, Faulk only missed one question: What native North Carolinian initiated the use of land mines during the Civil War?

“I consider myself a Civil War buff, but I had no idea,” he said. The answer was New Bern resident Gabriel Rains.

Wayne Staton placed second and Jordan Minter came in third. Lee County Library Director Michael Matochik said the competition was exciting and offered residents a diverse set of historical topics.

“It’s a lot of fun,” he said. “I thought the topics were wide ranging and it’d be great for the students in the schools.”

With 20 categories — including Civil War, Native Americans, cities, women, governors, businesses, sports and pop culture, among others — the participants were only allowed to miss three questions before leaving the stage.

“I’ve always enjoyed these quizzes and I am a history buff,” Staton said. 

The library hosted a Civil War quiz bowl in years past, but Matochik said he was interesting in bringing local and state history to the forefront.

Lee County Commissioner Chairman Charlie Parks watched the quiz bowl and said he’d hope to refresh his North Carolina history as an audience member.

“They do a good job of putting this on,” Parks said. “It generates interest and provides an opportunity to participate in the community.”

Sanford Mayor Cornelia Olive agreed and said she was impressed with the young people who participated and won.

“It’s fun to see a good challenge and it was a great event,” she said.

Wrapping up in just under an hour, the top three winners were given a monetary prize.

“We are so glad we were able to host this event this year,” said Friends of the Lee County Library President Susan Laudate. “It was a fun evening and it takes a lot of courage to come up here to answer these questions. And we do appreciate it.”

The answer to the winning question, for those wondering, was The Fayetteville Observer.