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Hingham High earns spot in WGBH High School Quiz Show for fifth year

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  November 18, 2013 06:06 PM

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Hingham High School will return to the WGBH High School Quiz Show for the fifth consecutive year, becoming the longest-running team in this year’s competition.

Hingham beat out 95 applicants for one of the 16 spots on the competition floor, answering an identical 100-question oral quiz at WGBH studios in Boston on a recent Sunday and receiving a top score.

"All of us at HHS are very proud of our Quiz Bowl team's impressive achievements over the past five years," said High School Assistant Principal Rick Swanson. "With the guidance and support of some very dedicated coaches, our students have set a standard for excellence in the WGBH contest. Their ongoing success is a testament not just to how smart these students are but to how well they prepare and how hard they are willing to work."

This year, the school will compete against Acton-Boxborough High School, Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter School, Arlington High School, Chelmsford High School, Dartmouth High School, first-time competitors Dover-Sherborn High School, and Lexington High School.

Hingham will also be up against season one state champions Longmeadow High School, Mystic Valley Regional Charter School, first-time competitors Nantuck High School, first-time competitors Newton North High School, Rockport High School, Sharon High School, Somerville High School, and first-time competitors Westford Academy.

Each team will compete in a single-elimination style tournament, with questions based off the Massachusetts high school curriculum standards.

“This program celebrates learning and provides a showcase for our students, teachers and parents,” said Jon Abbott, President and CEO of WGBH, in a release. “Massachusetts is home to one of the best public school systems in America, and WGBH is proud to be a vital partner in the Commonwealth’s education efforts.”

A tournament bracket and broadcast schedule for the fifth season have yet to be announced, however the season-five premier will air on Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. on WGBH 2.

The finalists will face off to determine a state champion, who will then compete in the second annual Governor’s Cup Challenge. The match, won last year by North Quincy High School, is between WGBH’s High School Quiz Show Massachusetts and NHPTV’s Granite State Challenge New Hampshire state program.

Hingham High School Quiz Show Coach Kim Juric nor Hingham High School officials weren't immediately available for comment, however it isn’t surprising the local school will return to the championship tournament.

The high school team competes in several quiz show style competitions annually, and even uses online tools to practice question answering speed and accuracy.

Hingham has done well in year's past, and prepared using a variety of techniques, mostly focused on having fun.

"Often without the fanfare or newspaper headlines, they have achieved in an academic sphere what some of our more celebrated athletic teams have accomplished on the playing field," Swanson said. "And in doing so, they help to demonstrate what makes our high school a special place."

For more information about the quiz show, click here.

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