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High School Quiz Show gears up for Nov. 4 qualifying event

Posted by Your Town  October 24, 2012 06:37 PM

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The following was submitted by WGBH

Academic teams from 95 public high schools across Massachusetts will gather at WGBH in Brighton on November 4 for a chance to compete on season four of High School Quiz Show. Hosted by Billy Costa, the Emmy Award-winning, fast-paced game show showcases teens from across the Commonwealth and celebrates academic achievement.

See the full list of schools here.

On “Super Sunday,” each academic team of four students will take an identical oral quiz of 100 questions. From the 95 schools, the top 16 teams will advance to appear on the televised show, a single-elimination, bracketed academic tournament that includes eight qualifying matches, quarterfinals, semifinals and a state championship match.

This year the season will culminate with a Bay State vs. Granite State showdown, when WGBH’s High School Quiz Show state champion team meets New Hampshire Public Television’s Granite State Challenge “SuperChallenge” winner for the very first inter-state quiz show play-off.

“It was our hope to create a showcase for academic achievement that would eventually take hold in communities across the Commonwealth,” said Executive Producer Hillary Wells. “By all accounts, it looks like we’re well on our way with a record number of registered schools for this year’s Super Sunday, audience growth year after year, and increasing social media banter and buzz. The real credit, of course, goes to the coaches and to the participating students who continue to impress and amaze us with their enthusiasm, poise under pressure, and depth of knowledge.

All questions on High School Quiz Show are aligned with the Massachusetts high school curriculum standards in subjects including literature, history, science, and math, as well as current events and general knowledge. The weekly series begins taping at WGBH in January in front of a live studio audience.

High School Quiz Show is endorsed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Princeton Review judges the televised competition and reviews the questions.

Major sponsorship for High School Quiz Show is provided by Safety Insurance and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.

Additional funding is provided by Massachusetts Teachers Association, XFINITY from Comcast, Harvard Summer School Secondary School Program, Bentley University, Subaru of New England, and Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts.

For more information, visit highschoolquizshow.org, become a fan on Facebook and follow the show on Twitter.

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