USAO aces Community Quiz to help CHS team

The USAO "Community Quiz" team relaxes after a hard-fought victory over seven other local businesses and organizations. The team is (from left) Rob Vollmar, Veronica Fennell, Adeel Siddiqui and Adam Heilman.

USAO aces Community Quiz to help CHS team



Chickasha High School’s academic team got a boost in October from USAO when three alums and a current student teamed up to compete in – and win – a “Community Quiz Bowl.”


The USAO team was composed of Veronica Fennell, a senior English major from Valliant; Adam Heilman, USAO Print Shop manager who graduated in2004; Adeel Siddiqui, a 2003 graduate who works as the network administrator for the university’s information services office; and Rob Vollmar, a writer for USAO media, who graduated in 1995.


The team played six matches and emerged as the eventual winner of the tournament.


Team Captain Rob Vollmar said he was thrilled to be able to give back to an institution that had given him so much.


“I was a member of the CHS Academic Bowl and decathalon teams when I was a student there and so it meant a lot to me to be able to come out and help raise money for them. I hope to see some of them on our campus next fall. Whether or not they elect to take advantage of the nationally recognized curriculum that USAO has to offer without the high price tag or hassle of moving across or out of the state, we know that they will all be making Chickasha proud for years to come,” Vollmar said.


The CHS academic team is hoping to replace its existing scoring and data storage system that is expected to cost around $3500.


Eight teams competed in total. The other businesses involved included Chickasha Bank and Trust Company, Crazy Eight Café and Coffeehouse, The Chickasha Express-Star, The Chickasha School Foundation (sponsorted by the First National Bank and Trust), Moon and Moon Attorneys, the Mosley Agency and The Stillwater Bank.


Vollmar described the other teams as friendly but motivated to win.


"It was pretty tough competition all night long. The CHS Academic team did a great job moderating the matches and handled the few wrinkles that popped up with poise. We made it into the final match without dropping a round but the guys from Crazy 8 really took it to us,” Vollmar said.


“We were down by one question going into the second round of the final and we had to dig deep to keep our concentration. No one was more surprised than we were when we came out of that round one question ahead. Both teams aced the final round and so that 10-point spread that we made up ended up deciding the whole tournament.”


Though the competition helped to raise some money for the academic team, members are still in need of funds to help meet their goals and defray traveling expenses. Anyone interested in donating is invited to call Coach Greg Chilton at (405) 222-6550.