"This joint was jumpin'" as seventeen frogs of varying species, agility, and motivation were entered in the frog-jumping competition by children from 4 to 11 years old.
Steve Pearlman, the judge, was suitably attired with decoy frogs in his hat band, a frenzy of frogs on his tie, and red, white and blue pants. He was assisted by two nimble young measurement officials who took their duties very seriously.
|Katie Zinke, 4-1/2 years old, shows off her frog the winner of
the frog jumping contest (photo Kay Fairweather)
The contest is a long-jump event and no extra points were given for height which is too bad for some of the little frogs. Katie Zinke of Concord Street had the champion frog which jumped a mighty 54 inches. Steve thought this might be a record. Katie was one of the youngest contestants, at four years. Her dad, Sandy Zinke, took her out on a pond on the family property in a kayak where she caught the big bullfrog herself with a net. Second place went to Duke Chiotelis, six years old, with a frog that jumped 50 inches, and third place to Devin and Haley Proctor with a jump of 39 inches. The second-place frog was a resident of Bedford · this could be a step toward globalization in the frog-jump. The mean distance jumped was 28.1 inches and the histogram shows normal distribution. The winning jump was just beyond two standard deviations of the mean.
Future contestants take note: the most influential variable, after the size of the frog, is probably the sartorial factor. The judge set the tone and Katie was wearing an "F is for Frog" T-shirt.