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May 11, 2015

High School Quiz Show Moves Into State Championship Match

Students from Advanced Math and Science Academy and Newton North High School face off for the Championship title, Saturday, May 16

The Governor’s Cup Challenge will follow immediately after, pitting the winners of High School Quiz Show against the winners of NHPTV’s Granite State Challenge

BOSTON, Mass. (May 11, 2015) – High School Quiz Show, WGBH’s award-winning academic tournament, heads into the season six championship match this week. Students from Marlborough’s Advanced Math and Science Academy will go head-to-head against students from Newton North High School after defeating 14 other qualifying teams from Massachusetts high schools.

The episode will air Saturday, May 16 at 6pm on WGBH 2 and again on Sunday, May 17 at 5pm on WGBH 2.

“We are proud to see the continued growth in interest and enthusiasm High School Quiz Show generated by schools and communities across the state,” said executive producer Hillary Wells. “We are especially pleased to hear that the preparation and experience teams are gaining through their participation on the show has resulted in a marked impact on the number of Massachusetts teams now participating in national academic competitions.” 

Both academic teams are veterans of High School Quiz Show. Advanced Math and Science Academy made it to the quarterfinals on season five, and for the first time advanced to the semifinals this season. Newton North High School advanced to the semifinals on season five, their first year competing.

Hosted by Billy Costa, High School Quiz Show is produced and broadcast by WGBH. The sixth season of the program, which premiered February 7, concludes on Saturday, May 16 with the 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 third annual interstate quiz show face-off. This season’s Governor’s Cup Challenge will be hosted by WGBH in Brighton.

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. Additional funding is provided by Massachusetts Teachers Association, XFINITY from Comcast, Harvard Summer School Secondary School Program, Bentley University and Subaru of New England.
For more information, visit highschoolquizshow.org or follow the show on Facebook and Twitter.
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