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Posted on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 10:58 a.m.

Trivia for Cheaters competition to raise money for 826michigan

By Jenn McKee



In the past, 826michigan, which provides free creative writing and tutoring programs to 2,500 youth in the area, has held fundraising events that encourage "cheating"—whether it be in euchre, or Scrabble, or a spelling bee. Now, 826michigan will raise money while contestants answer trivia questions; and those who raise the most money will get the chance to, well, get some help with their answers.

826michigan's Trivia for Cheaters will feature teams of four who will have a month to solicit donations for their team—funds which they can then use to cheat their way through an insanely difficult round of trivia questions, composed by legendary poet and nerd Ray McDaniel, and a genuine "Jeopardy!" champion, 826michigan staff member Amy Wilson.

The competition will be held at Live, at 102 S. First St. in Ann Arbor, on Wednesday, March 20 at 7 p.m., and a cast of special guests will provide entertainment throughout the evening.

“As the recent film 'Answer This!' demonstrated, Ann Arbor is a great town for trivia,” said 826michigan executive director Amanda Uhle in a press release. “We’re always looking for ways to let our super-talented volunteers and supporters use their unique skills to help bring 826michigan programs to more students in our area, and For Cheaters events definitely harness that power! We can’t wait to see how Trivia For Cheaters plays out on stage at LIVE.”

Teams of four can register To learn more about 826michigan and its volunteer-driven services for students aged 6-18, visit or 734-761-3463.

826michigan is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students aged six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Services are structured around the belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. For more information, visit

Jenn McKee is the entertainment digital journalist for Reach her at or 734-623-2546, and follow her on Twitter @jennmckee.


John Makery

Sun, Feb 24, 2013 : 7:01 a.m.

I'm not one to endorse cheating in education at all. Being a Director of Technology in a private school we struggle with students being able to use their cell phones or computers during class for the simple reason that it is way to easy to cheat. It's funny you mention scrabble though because students are allowed to use a scrabble word finder program that helps students find words. We host a weekly scrabble game in one of our English classes to help students learn more complicated words and develop literacy skills that we feel a game of scrabble does that.


Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 5:11 p.m.

So, they encourage cheating in education? I hope none of them become physicians.