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October 31, 2013

Nearly One out of Three Mass. High Schools Set to Compete in WGBH’s High School Quiz Show “Super Sunday” Qualifying Event

100 Mass. public high school academic teams vie for 16 spots in the televised tournament
 
BOSTON, Mass. (October 31, 2013) –On Sunday, November 3,100 public high schools from across Massachusetts will vie for a chance to participate on season five of High School Quiz Show, the Emmy Award- and Parents’ Choice Award-winning program produced and broadcast by WGBH, and hosted by Billy Costa. Scheduled throughout the day, each academic team of four students will take an identical oral quiz of 100 questions based on Massachusetts curriculum at WGBH Studios in Brighton.
 
The top 16 teams will advance to compete in the televised, single-elimination, bracketed academic tournament that will determine a state champion. The season will culminate with a Governor’s Cup Challenge, when WGBH’s High School Quiz Show state champion team meets New Hampshire Public Television’s Granite State Challenge winner for the second annual interstate quiz show face-off. This season’s Governor’s Cup Challenge will be hosted by New Hampshire Public Television.
 
High School Quiz Showis 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 program is endorsed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education and is a part of WGBH’s long-standing commitment to being a vital partner in the Commonwealth’s educational efforts which includes serving asMassachusetts’ digital media partner on two ambitious federally-supported Race to the Top initiatives aimed at reshaping learning for the 21st century.
 
High School Quiz Show begins taping at WGBH in January in front of a studio audience. It will premiere Saturday, February 8 at 6pm on WGBH 2.
 
WHO:              100 Mass. public high school students and their academic team coaches
 
WHEN:           Sunday, November 3, 9am-6pm
 
WHERE:       WGBH Studios, One Guest Street, Brighton, MA
Free parking
 
PRESS PASS:           All press wishing to cover “Super Sunday” must contact Regina Daley (regina_daley@wgbh.org) by 5pm Saturday, November 2.
 
MORE INFO:                High School Quiz Showshowcases teens from across the Commonwealth and celebrates academic achievement.Questions 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. High School Quiz Show is endorsed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. The Princeton Review judges the televised competition and reviews the questions.
 
WGBH has long been a leader in education. WGBH is Massachusetts’ digital media partner on two ambitious federally-supported Race to the Top initiatives aimed at reshaping learning for the 21st century. In 2002, WGBH created the Teachers’ Domain, now PBS LearningMedia. Along with digital resources, WGBH productions such as NOVA, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and FRONTLINE are used regularly in American classrooms and at home to complement lessons and curricula.
 
Major funding 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 the WGBH Children’s Educational Media Fund.
 
For more information, visit highschoolquizshow.org or follow the show on Facebook and Twitter.
 
About WGBH
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