Are You Smarter than a KIPPster?

The Are You Smarter than a KIPPster?" event held on April 4th, was a vibrant showcase of community spirit, education, and a bit of friendly competition, all in the name of raising funds for KIPP OKC Public Schools. The night was filled with laughter and a shared commitment to supporting education.

The evening kicked off with a heartwarming welcome presented by the KIPP elementary students, affectionately known as the "Cubs." Their enthusiasm set the tone for the evening, reminding everyone of the true purpose of the gathering: to support the educational journey of KIPP scholars.

Our adult contestants for the evening were a stellar lineup of local personalities: Suzanne Reynold, Pharmacist and Interim member of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Board of Regents; Kendra Wesson, President of Operation Accounting, Inc.; Oklahoma Senator Anastasia Pittman; and Jabar Shumate of the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City, Inc. Each brought their unique flair to the stage, ready to test their knowledge against some of the brightest young minds from KIPP OKC College Prep.

The gameshow format was both entertaining and challenging, with questions spanning various subjects. One of the evening's highlights was a particularly memorable moment during the pop culture segment. The question posed was, "What artist made history at the 2023 Grammys for having the most wins?" The students quickly responded with the correct answer: Beyoncé. The atmosphere became electric as an audience member, caught up in the excitement, blurted out the precise number of wins: "32!" Everyone laughed…and 32 Grammy awards and 88 nominations are exactly right.

Throughout the event, the KIPPster contestants showcased their knowledge, wit, and good sportsmanship. However, it wasn't just about right or wrong answers; it was about celebrating learning and the joy of education.

The evening also served as a reminder of the incredible support system that surrounds KIPP OKC. The community's generosity was palpable, with more than $100,000 raised to benefit the schools. These funds will go a long way in providing resources, enhancing educational programs, and ensuring that every student has the opportunity to succeed.

A special thank you goes out to all the sponsors whose contributions made the event possible. Your support underscores the importance of community involvement in education and demonstrates a shared commitment to fostering the next generation of leaders.

In conclusion, the "Are You Smarter than a KIPPster?" gameshow was more than just a fundraising event; it was a celebration of community, education, and the bright future ahead for KIPP OKC Public Schools. Thank you to the contestants, sponsors, students, and everyone who participated in making this event a resounding success. We look forward to seeing you all at the next “Are You Smarter than a KIPPster?”.

If you are interested in donating to KIPP OKC Public School's mission driven-work, click here or contact Allysa Ware.

Meet our Sponsors

McLaughlin Family Foundation
David & Lezlie Hudiburg

Love Meyer Foundation

Honor Roll Foundation
Inasmuch Foundation

American Fidelity Foundation
Chickasaw Nation
T-Stone, LLC

Knowledge Builder
Davis & Mackenci Hudiburg
Jones Family

Curiosity Seeker
Colby Wedel
N.A. Hodgkinson
Tracy & Norma McDaniel

CrossFirst Bank
The O.K. Detrick Foundation Fund
Matthew Streck