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"WARRIOR" GAME SHOW DEBUTS

By Cpl. Kyle J. Walker | | April 20, 2000

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Game shows are all the craze today, offering chances to win millions on prime-time television. The stakes here are not as high, but Marines at KPEN-TV Channels 17 and 30 produced their own game show at the School of Infantry's Advanced Infantry Training Battalion theater Friday. The station introduced "Warrior," an ultimate meritorious board of military knowledge. The television station isn?t giving away a million dollars, but it is striving to increase interaction between Marines by involving them in events such as this, said Sgt. Amy Forsythe, television broadcaster. "This is a great way to unite Marines," she said. "The game is less stressful than a meritorious board but provides a fun and competitive environment." The game show started with five contestants. The game's hosts, Forsythe and Sgt. Risa Byrns, introduced each contestant and the questions began. The first question: What is ?request mast?? Request mast is where you can take a personal problem and introduce it through the chain of command, said Sgt. Samuel C. Southerland, supply clerk, SOI. "The questions were not that hard, but I didn't want to make a fool out of myself by answering an easy question wrong," Southerland said. "A game show like this should encourage Marines to study up on their knowledge. There is a lot out there." With "lifelines" not available, pressure was squarely on the contestants? shoulders. If players did not answer a question correctly, they were asked a follow-up for a chance to stay in the game. "You will be surprised by how much you know and don't know," said Cpl. Kenneth M. Alonzo, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division. "This is a chance for Marines to exercise their knowledge." After four first-round contestants were eliminated, audience members were called to the stage to participate. Raffle tickets were handed out at the beginning of the show to all audience members. The participants? names were drawn out of a hat. "I didn't think I was going to be picked. I thought I was just here to watch," said Pvt. Corey A. Streeper, Marine Combat Training Battalion, Holding Platoon. "It was fun and it was not that hard until the last question, when I was eliminated." The game was concluded after three rounds and prizes were given to the winners of each round. Prizes included an electric stove, camelback, gift certificates, binoculars, a compact disc player, a day on the set of KPEN and T-shirts, all donated by Marine Corps Community Services. "I have been going on boards and preparing for them, so this was pretty easy," said Alonzo, "Warrior" winner. "I think this game show should be supported by more staff noncommissioned officers and officers. It will give a shop or unit a great learning experience." KPEN-TV plans on holding the game show quarterly and changing the time and location. This should make "Warrior" more convenient for Marines, Forsythe said. "Warrior" will air today at 11 a.m. and will run daily for a week. For more information on the show or the television station, call Forsythe, 725-6330.
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