CCES Civics and Trivia Challenge draws crowd March 7

150+ trivia fans--students, teachers, parents/guardians, and local luminaries--gathered for a cooperatively competitive evening of cerebral conundrums hosted by the Center for Civic Engagement and Service (CCES) and NNHS History Department on Thursday, March 7. The Civics and Trivia Challenge was kicked off by Mayor Ruthanne Fuller and emceed by English teacher Adam George. Refreshments were generously provided by Wegmans in Chestnut Hill and Trader Joe's in West Newton. Congratulations to the winning team, “Oh, the Humanities,” whose members were Mr. Drake, Ms. Beh, Ms. Leong, Ms. Mannelly, and Ms. Lew.

Proceeds will benefit the Ty Vignone Scholarship Fund and the NNHS Center for Civic Engagement and Service. Both programs are made possible by donations from our community. The Ty Vignone Student Travel Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Ty Vignone, who taught in the Newton Public Schools for over 50 years. The Vignone Fund provides support to students in financial need who would like to participate in either the Close-Up or Prague Summer travel programs.

The NNHS Center for Civic Engagement and Service provides opportunities for every student at NNHS to engage in his/her community through advocacy, leadership and service.

Please support these programs by donating! Make checks payable to NNHS-CCES and leave in the PTSO mailbox in the main office. Or click the link at the bottom of the page to donate via PayPal.
Contact CCES by phone at 617-559-6267 or by email at

Thank you to the many people who helped with this event, as follows: 

  • Henry Turner, Amy Winston and the Faculty and Staff of Newton North
  • Alyin Tamborini of the History Department
  • Students from the Newton North Graphics Department
  • The Newtonite
  • NNHS custodial staff
  • Michael Barrington-Haber
  • Chris Murphy
  • Newton North TV and Media Arts
  • Volunteers Bryan Barash, Alicia Bowman, Alexa Dulchinos, Alison Montague, Tamika Olszewski, Elizabeth Reilly, Sonja Strah-Pleynet, Archana Szpak, and Margaret Wazuka.
  • Ted Vahey, April Stein, and Sally Brickell from the NNHS PTSO

See photos on the Newton North PTSO Facebook page. 


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