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Newman sophomore makes all-state Scholastic Bowl team

Coach: It’s a recognition of his talent

Newman Central Catholic High School sophomore Elliott Frankfother, 16, a boy with an eidetic memory and plenty of other smarts, recently was named first-team, all-state Scholastic Bowl.
Newman Central Catholic High School sophomore Elliott Frankfother, 16, a boy with an eidetic memory and plenty of other smarts, recently was named first-team, all-state Scholastic Bowl.

STERLING – Newman Central Catholic High School sophomore Elliott Frankfother, 16, has been named first-team, all-state Scholastic Bowl.

“It’s a pretty great honor,” he said. “I’d love to be able to do it again next year.”

Ann Propheter, coach of the varsity and junior-varsity teams, said the title is noteworthy for a sophomore.

“It’s certainly a recognition of his gifts,” she said. “He’s obviously very talented. He’s got an eidetic [photographic] memory. He’s interested in knowledge. He likes to have that accumulation of knowledge.”

Elliot is the son of Mark and Dawn Frankfother of Rock Falls. His sister is Allison Frankfother, a sophomore at Wheaton College.

We sat down with him for a quick chat:

Extracurriculars, besides Scholastic Bowl: Golf, tennis and Math Club.

Favorite subject: I like to study history. It’s very interesting – lots of interesting names and events.

Favorite Scholastic Bowl category: My best one probably is literature. It really isn’t very hard. You basically have to know who wrote what. I don’t really read very much, not too many works of fiction, anyway.

Most memorable Scholastic Bowl moment: As a freshman, last season, against Morrison, our chief rival, we were losing by 5 or 10 points going into the final toss-up [question]. I got it, and I got it right, and we won. ... I don’t remember the question, but the answer was ‘symphony.’ ... Mrs. Propheter came up to me with a big smile and shook my hand. It was awesome. 

I’m in the dictionary next to: I could say ‘lickerish,’ which means ‘fond of good food.’

If you ruled the world, what is the first thing would you do? I would abolish the designated hitter rule in Major League baseball. (For the record, Frankfother is a big baseball fan. He roots for the Chicago Cubs.)

If you had $100,000, what would you do with it? I’d donate some of it to charity. … I’d buy a few books, and I would help out my family and friends.

If you could invite three people, living or dead, to dinner, who would you invite? Bill James; he’s a baseball writer and historian who basically revolutionized the game. Gen. George S. Patton; he seems like a fairly interesting character and his conversations would be interesting. And my favorite president, Calvin Coolidge; I’ve heard lots of great stories about him.

Who is your role model? My parents. They’re good role models. They know the value of hard work, and they’ve provided me with lots of good things for life.

Would you rather speak any language fluently or be able to talk to animals? Talk to animals, that way maybe I would know what my dog would be thinking.

Would you rather have a photographic memory or be able to forget anything you wanted? Forget anything to cleanse any bad memories from my mind.

Would you rather be able to fly or turn invisible? Turn invisible. Flying just doesn’t intrigue me that much.

Would you rather be able to see one year into the future or change any one decision from your past? Change a decision from the past. The future is going to happen and come soon enough.

Other all-state Scholastic Bowlers

David Stage of Fulton High School and Olivia Vander Bleek of Morrison High School were named second-team all-state Scholastic Bowl.

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