WGBH News and Media Relations


April 1, 2013

High School Quiz Show Elite Eight Competition Begins April 7

New real-time, online, play-along game available
during broadcasts at www.HighSchoolQuizShow.org
WGBH first American public broadcaster to offer
two-screen, real-time, interactive gaming
BOSTON, Mass. (April 1, 2013) –There may only be four teams left standing in the NCAA tournament, but WGBH’s High School Quiz Show tournament is just heating up. The High School Quiz Show Elite Eight match-ups are set and the quarter-final competition begins Sunday, April 7 at 6:30pm when Acton-Boxborough Regional High School takes on Brookline High School. Other schools advancing to the quarter finals include: Lexington High School, Lincoln-Sudbury High School, North Quincy High School, Rockport High School, Wachusett High School, and Wellesley High School.
Throughout the High School Quiz Show playoffs, viewers will have an opportunity to compete against the schools in a new, real-time, play-along game. Viewers can watch the show on television and play along on a computer or mobile device. The game, which can be accessed online at www.HighSchoolQuizShow.org, is modeled on popular two-screen, real-time games from the United Kingdom. WGBH is the first public broadcaster to bring this interactive, online play-along feature to the U.S. The game was developed in partnership with The Princeton Review.
“The competition this year has been fun and fierce,” said WGBH executive producer Hillary Wells. “We are excited to kick off the quarter finals and bring High School Quiz Show viewers even closer to the competition. The new real-time, play-along game will test viewers’ wits and knowledge and enhance the viewing experience for all High School Quiz Show fans.”
Hosted by Billy Costa, High School Quiz Show is WGBH’s award-winning academic tournament featuring qualifying matches, quarterfinals, semifinals, and a state championship match. Quarterfinals begin Sunday, April 7, at 6:30pm on WGBH 2. A complete broadcast schedule and the qualifying round results are provided below. The fourth season of the program, which premiered February 10, concludes on Sunday, May 26 with an inaugural Governor’s Cup Challenge between the High School Quiz Show state champion and New Hampshire Public Television’s Granite State Challenge champion.
High School Quiz Show is endorsed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Princeton Review judges the televised competition and reviews the questions. All questions 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 sponsorship 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 Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts.
Media interested in previewing the real-time, play-along game should contact Regina Daley by Wednesday, April 3.
For more information, visit highschoolquizshow.org, become a fan onFacebook or follow the show on Twitter. Play the High School Quiz Show game—a live multiplayer version of the show—on Facebook or theWeb.
All programs air Sundays at 6:30pm on WGBH 2
April 7:                               Acton-Boxborough vs. North Quincy
April 14:                             Brookline vs. Lincoln-Sudbury
April 21:                             Rockport vs. Wellesley
April 28:                             Lexington vs. Wachusett
February 10:                      Hopkinton vs. North Quincy
February 17:                      Acton-Boxborough vs. Hingham
February 24:                      Advanced Math and Science vs. Brookline
March 3:                           Lincoln-Sudbury vs. Somerville
March 10:                         Chelmsford vs. Wellesley
March 17:                         Rockport vs. Sharon
March 24:                         Lexington vs. Needham
March 31:                         Framingham vs. Wachusett
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