Dozens of seventh graders put their Alaska knowledge to the test today for the 25th annual Big Wild Life Trivia contest. Sixty students from eight middle schools took part in the contest.


Most of the students prepared for at least a month to be ready to answer questions about a variety of topics, from Anchorage’s history and attractions to Alaskan communities and wildlife. The trivia also had centennial-themed questions this year.


Organizers say the hope is learning about where they live will inspire students to get out and explore anchorage and beyond.


“It’s not only that they get some confidence in being able to answer questions about the place they live, work and play, but then also to be able to discover something that they didn’t know about their city, some hidden treasure or some interesting fact,” said Anita Nelson, public affairs manager for Visit Anchorage.


Visit Anchorage wrote the questions featured in the contest.


Golden View Middle School seventh grader Tori Dutton said she was surprised how much fun she had learning and preparing for the contest. She correctly answered two questions, and while that wasn’t enough to get her to the next round, she said that’s not what matters most.


“I feel like I’m doing good in school now, because I wasn’t very good at social studies and now I feel like I’m doing very well,” Dutton said. “I felt accomplished and that I could almost do anything.”


The winner of the trivia contest was Emily McKenzie, a seventh grader from Mirror Lake Middle School.