Kristine Lilly will headline 'Smarter than' show at Clune Center

Wilton native and Olympic gold medalist Kristine Lilly will once again appear as a contestant Friday, Feb. 28, in the Wilton Education Foundation’s presentation of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? She will be joined by the Wilton Y’s Camp Gordyland Director Aaron Britton, Wilton High School senior Alex Bendix and Cider Mill gym teacher Rich Lotko.

Based on the hit TV show of the same name, the spirited game show places Cider Mill fifth graders on stage to readily assist the “celebrity” contestants in answering questions derived from the elementary school’s challenging curriculum. The foundation’s version is a family-friendly event that incorporates Wilton-specific subject matter into the trivia, and using technology the organization helps to fund for the schools, like interactive SMARTBoards and iPads, to display questions and provide responses.

The contestants will need quick and accurate answers to move to the next round of questions doled out by co-emcees, Sal Giaimo and Bryan Ennis. Mr. Giaimo is Miller-Driscoll kindergarten teacher and “Be a Good Sport” Day Camps director. Mr. Ennis is a first grade teacher and technology guru.

Anxious to be part of the fun, more than 100 fifth graders took a qualifying test to be in the show. The top four scorers in each house were selected. This year’s fifth grade participants are Anika Bhagavatula, Adam Brophy, Kira Howard, Cole Iannuzzi, Michael Roberts, Everett Lee, Christian Theoharides, Isabelle Braten, Matthew Murphy, Jack Hall, Brycen Addison, Suhani Suneja, Connor Allen, Sarah Bates, Caroline Mahony and Simon Alexander.

The show also features live-action commercials featuring local businesses. Before the show and during intermission, audience members may demo a SMARTBoard, discuss experiments with Middlebrook Science Fair winners, purchase a commemorative brick for a school pathway or a certificate to “Honor an Educator,” buy baked refreshments or promotional CDs from Acoustic Wilton, learn about the school budget process, and hear more about the foundation’s activities and mission.

The event is chaired by Kimber Felton and Kristen Pierson.

The show, which has a history of selling out, will take place at 7 p.m. on Feb. 28, at The Clune Center at Wilton High School. Premium seating is available at $25 per seat. General admission is $10 for students and $15 for adults.

Tickets may be purchased online at wiltoneducationfoundation.org. Tickets will be on sale at the door, if they are still available. Doors open at 6 p.m.