2017 Smackdown Winners!

Youth Smackdown winners hold a large trophy and pose for a photo with park staff and volunteers.
The Minettes and Miner, winners of the 2017 Smackdown, pose for a post-win photograph.

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News Release Date: May 5, 2017

Contact: Kathleen Harter, (906) 337-3168

Dollar Bay High School’s Minettes & Miner have won the 2017 Smackdown!
The Minettes & Miner—Bobbi Jo Caskey, Kayla Hakala, Kendra Lahikainen, Korey Erickson and coach Cathy Hill—were up against stiff competition from Baraga’s Hanka Homesteaders.

The two teams went head-to-head for the last five rounds before the Minettes & Miner emerged triumphant. Tied for third place were the Rockers (Dollar Bay), the Valkyries (Baraga) and the Nonesuch Know-It-Alls (Ontonagon).
In total, nine teams met on the Calumet Theatre stage to face questions about local history, geology, geography, and the environment. The Smackdown, organized by Keweenaw National Historical Park, is a fast-paced competition for high school students, who field the questions, posed by the Quizmaster. Two wrong answers eliminate the teams from competition. A team of four judges, representing each Copper Country county, can deliberate and determine whether a team’s answer is acceptable.  
Park Superintendent Wendy Davis and Advisory Commission chair Bob Langseth were thrilled to congratulate the winners and all competitors for their hard work and impressive knowledge of local history. Prizes ranged from water bottles and pizza parties to trips to the Keweenaw Heritage Site of their choice. The Minettes & Miner, in addition to the Smackdown trophy, also received a $1000 scholarship to be shared equally between the participants.
Designed in consultation with local educators, the goals of the competition are to encourage interest in local history among high-school age students, provide an opportunity for history-minded youth to compete in a specialized event, and provide a fun and entertaining evening for participants and audience members alike. Additional support for the Smackdown was provided by the Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association, Range Bank, River Valley State Bank, Aspirus Keweenaw, Pat’s Foods, and Homestead Graphics.
For further information about the Smackdown, please contact Keweenaw National Historical Park at 906/337-3168, or visit the web at www.nps.gov/kewe.

Last updated: May 5, 2017

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