Originally published in Castine Patriot, June 13, 2019 and The Weekly Packet, June 13, 2019
Brooksville eighth grader takes second Maja crown
Wilson Museum Director Patty Hutchins, far right, welcomes students, teachers and competitors to the 2019 Maja Trivia championship on Wednesday, June 5.
by Monique Labbe
For the second year in a row, Brooksville Elementary School student Logan Leach holds the title of Maja Trivia champion.
The championship event, now in its seventh year, was held at the Wilson Museum on Wednesday, June 5, and was a culmination of work and competition that students from Brooksville, Penobscot and Castine have taken part in throughout the school year. Coordinated by Wilson Museum Director Patty Hutchins, the students at all schools spend time learning the history of the region.
The day started with 12 finalists, two teams from each school, who competed in the first round of categories ranging from local rivers to counties in Maine. The categories are usually specific to the Majabigwaduce Region, which encompassed the three towns before each split on its own. This year, to celebrate Maine’s 200th anniversary, the categories spanned to statewide trivia as well.
The competition came down to three finalists; Leach, his brother Emery, and Adams School sixth grader Annelise Small. The brothers stayed within 500 points of each other, but ultimately it was the defending champion who came out ahead, collecting 1,900 points to his brother’s 1,575 points in the final round. Small came in third with 950 points.
Maja Trivia has been something the Leach boys have been excited about before they were even part of the competition, according to their mother, Jan Leach.
“Logan told Edson Blodgett last year that he was going to win the whole thing, and he did,” she said.
Blodgett was a judge for the very first Maja Trivia championship back in 2013, as a member of the Brooksville Historical Society. He and his wife moved to Montana at the end of last year, and this was the first competition he missed since that first one.
Hutchins and some teachers and parents decided to get Blodgett involved despite the distance, and a call was made on speaker phone before the start of the second round, so that the students and everyone in attendance could say hello.
Both Leach brothers will graduate from Brooksville Elementary School this year, opening the door for a new champion next year.
“Maybe we’ll come back as judges,” Logan Leach told Hutchins after the competition.
Volunteers and staff with the Wilson Museum made a lunch of hot dogs and burgers with sides, and the Castine Woman’s Club donated cookies for dessert.