Excited young minds battled each other last week in a competition of civics knowledge out front of the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School.

Excited young minds battled each other last week in a competition of civics knowledge out front of the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School.

The competition known as the POP-UP Quiz Show pulled into town in the form of an 18-wheeler sponsored by the Florida Lottery. The tractor-trailer, which opened up into a stage, welcomed the seventh-graders in four teams of four to answer tough questions on history and government.

The POP-UP Quiz Show has toured the state challenging students wherever it stopped in recognition of the Department of Education’s Celebrate Literacy Week, Florida! Which takes place Jan. 23-27.

Hope Colle, a reading specialist with the Florida Department of Education, tours with the truck said,

“I think it is motivational. It’s exciting for them to come out and see the big truck, and then watch their friends participate in a contest. Hopefully this has helped them study the content, to prepare and retain it for their end of course exams.”

School Principal Dr. Sandra Cook, read the civics questions while the groups of students buzzed in answers Jeopardy style.

“(The quiz show) gave them an opportunity to do something fun with the knowledge they have acquired through their civics classes. I think they really got into it after a bit, and it was just really fun,” Cook said.

Cook was also pleased at the results of the quiz show,

“The students had only been studying for a week. To see how well they answered the questions and how few they missed, I was very impressed by them,” Cook said.

The visit to Port St. Joe was the third to last stop for the travelling quiz show, with the fun wrapping up just in time for Celebrate Literacy Week Flordia!

The Florida Lottery sponsors the truck and provided the school with books and the participants with commemorative T-shirts.