Southwestern Oklahoma State University
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SWOSU Students Win $27, 250 in Scholarship Money from Mind Games Competition


Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s Mind Games teams were very successful during the inaugural season of the academic challenge game, and SWOSU ended up winning $27,250 in scholarship money—the most among all universities in Oklahoma.

Mind Games was aired this year on KSBI-TV in Oklahoma City. SWOSU won the spring semester championship title while the University of Central Oklahoma won the fall semester title. SWOSU won more scholarship money than UCO, $27,250-$20,750, for the entire year even though UCO edged SWOSU, 300-240, in the battle between the fall and spring semester title holders.

SWOSU coach Kevin Collins said team members won impressive scholarship money and believes more students will become interested in future Mind Games competitions because of the scholarship money.   

Before the season started, the SWOSU team had voted on a way to divide any prize money that was won during the event. The teams voted to donate approximately 10% of their winnings to the SWOSU General Scholarship Fund, which resulted in a $2,240 donation.

Team members and their share of the winning are:

Zeke Mills
Springfield MO $6,692
Gaston Hart 
Edmond (Santa Fe)
Tanner Fisher  
Calumet $4,499
Erika Christner
Jim Ferguson 
Elk City
Kayla Argo    
Plains KS 
Trent Boesen  
Jonathan Walker       
Cheyenne $481
Dillon Gunter 

Mind Games brought together teams of students from Oklahoma’s colleges and universities in a weekly battle of the brains. The game was based on knowledge in all academic fields.