EL Students Make Way to Television

Alex Brushwein and Sidney Beesy compete on the game show MEST Up.

Alex Brushwein and Sidney Beesy compete on the game show MEST Up.

Two Edward Little High School seniors were recently featured on MestUp, a local game show that highlights science, technology, engineering and mathematics. On Jan. 18, seniors Sidney Beesy and Alex Brushwein filmed at WPXT studios in Westbrook for the second episode of the season.

MestUp is a fairly new game show. The show airs on WPXT, the CW network, seven times a week.The show has filmed three episodes of the third season so far. Throughout the season, eight Maine high schools have the chance to go head-to-head, and the last two schools standing get to compete for a chance to win an iPad.

The show seeks out highly motivated and intelligent students in the math and science fields. “The TV station called the guidance office and I recommended two excellent math and science students,” said guidance counselor Heidi Conn. Last year, EL also sent two participants, Sophie Harris and Zachary Tannenbaum, both of whom were also ranked near the top of their class. The pair made it into the playoffs before losing.

“It was all in good fun. It was cool to see how a studio is set up,” said Beesy. In total it took four hours to film and seeing the work that went into editing was interesting for them, she said.They prepared by watching episodes from the previous season online.

Beesy was not stressed and looked forward to participating, she said, but unfortunately, they did not win. “It was okay! I didn’t mind and the questions were really hard,” said Beesy. On the flip side they got to keep the shirts.

In their episode, which aired on February 20, when asked about their future profession, Brushwein said “I don’t know, I always kinda pictured maybe working as a physicist with a university.”

“Alex had a blast and would compete in a heartbeat,” said Conn. “Both of them loved it.”

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