SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — Pop culture was the focus of the questions as more than 20 teams from 13 high schools gathered Saturday at Lakeside High School for the “Lakeside Trash Tournament,” said organizer Ed Gallatin.

The “trash” event involves competition between small groups of students eager to test their knowledge of popular culture. The questions range from “headbanger” rock groups to English professional soccer.

“These are popular with kids. This is a non-league event,” Gallatin said.

He said the Ashtabula County Quiz Bowl League is a separate entity that features questions focusing on math, science and other “serious” subjects. He said the “trash” competition allows students to relax and enjoy some more light-hearted topics.

The Ashtabula County Quiz Bowl League conducts a dual match tournament and concludes Feb. 21 at Lakeside High School with a championship tournament.

The Saturday tournament included 20 questions in each round with substitutes allowed after 10 questions, Gallatin said. He said a teacher from Eastlake North provided the questions for the competition.

“I enjoy it because it is more laid back,” said Geneva competitor David Matul. A fellow Geneva Eagle said he had a different reason for liking the “trash” tournament.

“I’m better at culture,” said Dylan Acierno.

Edgewood High School Quiz Bowl Advisor Michelle Sardella said she loves the chance to meet other students and advisors in both kinds of competition.

“The trash tournament is fun because they (the students) have a chance to answer questions that are more directly related to them,” Sardella said.

Students participating came from a variety of high schools including Lakeside, Pymatuning Valley, Riverside, Edgewood, Conneaut, Grand Valley, Madison and LeBrae.

Gallatin said he decided to have the tournament at Lakeside to reduce travel time for schools in Ashtabula County because of the weather challenges that face northeastern Ohio residents in the winter.

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