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Seniors show off brain power

Senior Brain Games
Front row – The First Sunrise Seniors team: Barbara Henson, Joan Payne, and John Mast. Not pictured Robert Glenn. Second row – Terry Hodge, Joe Ray, Nelson Diggs and Lee Diggs were The Breakfast Club Team coming in second place and Tracey Buckles, Kathleen McLaughlin, Teresa Sutphin and Lee Gay conducting the competition from FTAAAD. Photo submitted.

By Tamas Mondovics

The Johnson County Senior Center was pleased to host its first local Brain Games competition earlier this month. The event made up of interested seniors who attend the center, forming twelve teams consisting of three members each.According to event organizer and Director of the Johnson County Senior Center, Kathy Motsinger, the competition, which was won by the First Sunrise Seniors, the same team that participated in Johnson City last year consisted of four rounds of five questions answered as each team worked together.

“The point values of the questions were 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 points depending on team confidence,” Motsinger said. “Each point value could only be used once in each round, so strategy in assigning point value was important. In the fourth round, the point values doubled.”

JCSC also participated in the Tennessee District Senior Brain Games competition held earlier in Johnson City. The team was composed of Robert Glenn, Barbara Henson, John Mast and Joan Payne. Three members competed, and one was an alternate.

“Although that was their first competition, that team placed third out of the eight teams,” Motsinger said.

In July the same team competed in a scrimmage in Jonesborough, a competition of ten teams, which consisted of other East Tennessee area Senior Centers. The team placed second place behind The Old Towners of the Jonesborough Senior Center, the state champion team for the past two years. The JCSC team also represented the senior center in the tournament at the Johnson City Senior Center held on Thursday, August 23. Go, Team.