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October 27, 2014

120 Mass. High Schools to Compete in WGBH’s High School Quiz Show™ “Super Sunday” Qualifying Event

Mass. high school academic teams vie for 16 spots in the televised tournament

BOSTON, Mass. (October 27, 2014) – On Sunday, November 16,120 high schools from across Massachusetts  will compete for a chance to participate on season six of High School Quiz Show, the Emmy Award- and Parents’ Choice Award-winning program produced and broadcast by WGBH and hosted by Billy Costa. During “Super Sunday,” each academic team of four students will take an identical oral quiz of 100 questions based on the Massachusetts curriculum at WGBH Studios in Brighton. Of the 120 teams registered to compete on “Super Sunday” this year, 36 schools, including 21 private and parochial high schools, are participating for the first time. This is the first year the tournament has been open to private and parochial high schools. Twenty-five schools will participate for the fifth time.

“We are excited to welcome so many new schools to the competition, and to once again offer High School Quiz Show as a platform for Massachusetts high school students to showcase their smarts,” said Executive Producer Hillary Wells. “We look forward to seeing such an impressive number of our state’s academic stars competing on Super Sunday.”
 
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 third annual interstate quiz show face-off. This season’s Governor’s Cup Challenge will be hosted by WGBH.
 
High School Quiz Show begins taping at WGBH in January in front of a studio audience. It will premiere Saturday, February 7 at 6pm on WGBH 2.

About High School Quiz Show 
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.
 
About WGBH
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