WGBH News and Media Relations


April 2, 2014

High School Quiz Show Moves Into Quarterfinal Round

Eight Massachusetts public high schools to face off in WGBH’s academic tournament beginning April 12
BOSTON, Mass. (April 2, 2014) –Eight Massachusetts public high school academic teams have advanced to the quarterfinal round of competition after defeating their opponents in the opening round of High School Quiz Show, WGBH’s award-winning academic tournament. The quarterfinals begin Saturday, April 12 at 6pm on WGBH 2 when Marlborough’s Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter School takes on Lexington High School. The other quarterfinal matchups include:
·  Newton North High School vs. Rockport High School                                                       April 19                                                                                                                 
·  Sharon High School vs. Somerville High School                                                              April 26                                             
·  Acton-Boxborough Regional High School vs. Arlington High School                               May 3
The Somerville academic team reaches the High School Quiz Show quarterfinals for the first time in their three tournament appearances. Newton North advances after defeating Westford Academy in their first-ever Quiz Show matchup. Each of the other schools advancing to the final eight have appeared in the quarterfinals before.
“Based on what we saw in the qualifying rounds, including the nail-biting, sudden-death match between Somerville and Nantucket, we anticipate a very competitive quarterfinal round,” said High School Quiz Show executive producer Hillary Wells. “Congratulations to the top eight teams for advancing in the competition.”
Hosted by Billy Costa, High School Quiz Show is produced and broadcast by WGBH.The fifth season of the program, which premiered February 8, concludes on Saturday, May 24 withthe 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.
Viewers also can play along with the broadcast in real time against the contestants/teams and other audience members on their laptop, tablet or smartphone at highschoolquizshow.org/playlive.
High School Quiz Show is part of WGBH’s long-standing commitment to serving the Commonwealth’s educational efforts. In addition to its public broadcast commitment, WGBH serves as 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 Teachers’ Domain, which is cited as the foundation for what is now PBS LearningMedia, a national broadband service for teachers and students.
High School Quiz Show is endorsed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education and the Massachusetts PTA. The Princeton Review judges the televised competition and reviews the program’s questions. Questions on the show are aligned with the Massachusetts high school curriculum standards in subjects that include literature, history, science and math, as well as current events and general knowledge. 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 and follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater BostonBasic Black, and High School Quiz Show. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio; 99.5 WCRB; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI’s The World®), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and visually impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at wgbh.org.


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