Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? contestants announced


This year’s 16 Are You Smarter Than a 5th Greater? contestants. — Contributed photo

Sixteen Cider Mill fifth graders will participate in the Wilton Education Foundation (WEF)’s seventh annual Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? fund-raiser on Friday, March 9.

More than 100 fifth graders took a qualifying exam to become student contestants, and the following top four scorers in each house were selected as representatives:

  • Belden Hill: Samik Soi, Robbie Eskenazi, Milan Petrosyan and Lydia Hall.
  • Cannondale: Amogh Belur, Abigail Schmitt, Isaac Downs and Finn Burke.
  • Kent: Laura Kowal, Annabelle Zheng, Sarah Albanese and Saanvi Kakarlapudi.
  • Nod Hill: Kaamil Badami, Arhan Yadav, Grace Guglielmo and Ananya Peddinti.

The following Wilton celebrities will be the contestants in the annual fundraiser:

  • School Resource Officer Diane MacLean;
  • Wilton Police Chief John Lynch;
  • Cider Mill third grade teacher Emily Mason;
  • Wilton Fire Chief Ron Kanterman.

Miller-Driscoll teachers Sal Giaimo and Bryan Ennis will once again be the emcees for the evening, bringing their wit and energy to the stage.

WEF’s version of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? is a spirited team-based game that incorporates Wilton-specific subject matter into the trivia, utilizing the technology the organization helps to fund for the schools, such as interactive SMARTBoards and iPads, to display questions and provide responses.   

The 16 fifth graders will sit on stage and assist contestants in answering questions derived from the elementary school’s curriculum.

Mike Whitman, chair of the event, said the program is “a great way to showcase the support and effort of our administration, educators and students.”

“I think our audience is in for a real treat with this group of fifth graders and adult contestants,” he said.

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? will take place at 7 p.m. in the Wilton High School Clune Center. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Parent supervision is required for students in sixth grade or younger.

Premium reserved seating is available at $25 per seat, and general admission is $10 for students and $15 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at

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