Knowledge is Power.  Sharing is Fun !

              The Great Gray Matter Challenge is held in the Berkeley Springs High School Cafeteria in January. People of ages ranging from 15 to 86 years combine into teams of four to six people and answer 100 questions on topics in arts, sciences, technologies and social studies. Some call it “Academic Games” or “Trivial Pursuit”, and we call it “FUN”.
See more history about this informal community education project.

On January 5, 2020, nine teams gathered in the Berkeley Springs High School cafeteria for the 2020 Great Gray Matter Challenge. The event raised $600 for Morgan County Public Library literacy projects. Members of the winning team, Platypus Venom, are (from left) Phil Draycott, Emily Hollins, Dan Murphy, Barb Suffecool, Jeff Cook and Charlie Hollins. The team also won in 2019.

In 2018,  Kaitlyn Hashem, Joseph Hashem, Ed Steers, Cathy Hoyt, Jim Hoyt, and Maureen Mylander formed a team named Lindum Colonia which won the Challenge, raising over $600 for the Morgan County Library Literacy Fund. FAST  sponsored this team at the April 2018 Brain Games competition, where it placed third. Their participation helped FAST donate $170 to the Literacy Volunteers of the Eastern Panhandle.

Great Gray Matter Challenge

Norberta Schoene (standing, left) and Abbie Brown (standing, rear) invite you to send questions and suggestions for the 2021 event to or

updated January, 2020