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 pe ople 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. 2019 winners

On January 20, 2019, nine teams gathered in the Berkeley Springs High School cafeteria for the 2019 Great Gray Matter Challenge. The event raised $560 for Morgan County Public Library literacy projects. Members of the winning team, Platypus Venom, are (from left) Dan Murphy, Emily Hollins, Charlie Hollins, Barb Suffecool, and Jeff Cook.

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.


Norberta Schoene (standing, left) and Abbie Brown (standing, rear) invite you to send questions for the 2020 event to


updated January, 2019