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November 7, 2016

WGBH’s High School Quiz Show “Super Sunday” Event Kicks Off Season 8 with 111 Mass. High Schools

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

BOSTON, November 7, 2016 - On Sunday, November 13, 111 high schools from across Massachusetts will compete for a chance to participate on the eighth season of High School Quiz Show, the Emmy Award- and Parents’ Choice Award-winning program produced and broadcast by WGBH and hosted by local radio and TV personality Billy Costa. During “Super Sunday,” each academic team of four students will take a 50 question oral quiz based on the Massachusetts curriculum and current events.

At this year’s “Super Sunday,” held at WGBH Studios in Brighton, High School Quiz Show staff and volunteers welcome eight teams from schools participating in the event for the first time, and over 100 teams returning for another shot at the trophy, including defending Massachusetts state champion Lexington High School.

“Showcasing the academic excellence and unique personalities of our state’s high school students is at the core of High School Quiz Show’s mission,” said Executive Producer Hillary Wells. “As we head into our eighth year, I am excited to welcome new faces from across the state to WGBH for this fun and challenging experience.”
 
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 takes on New Hampshire Public Television’s (NHPTV) Granite State Challenge winner for the fifth annual interstate quiz show face-off. The Governor’s Cup currently resides in Massachusetts. New Hampshire and Massachusetts are tied for Governor’s Cup victories, both having won twice before. This season’s Governor’s Cup Challenge will be hosted by WGBH at their Boston studios.
 
High School Quiz Show begins taping at WGBH in January in front of a studio audience. It will premiere Saturday, February 4 at 6pm on WGBH 2.

Sample questions from past Super Sunday events available upon request.

Credit for attached photo: Liza Voll/WGBH

About High School Quiz Show

High School Quiz Show is endorsed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education and the Massachusetts PTA. 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 the Museum of Science, XFINITY from Comcast, Harvard Summer School Programs for High School Students, and Subaru of New England.
 
For more information, visit highschoolquizshow.org or follow the show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
 

About WGBH

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including MasterpieceAntiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, ArthurCurious George, and more than a dozen other primetime, 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’s Local NPR®; 99.5 WCRB Classical Radio Boston; 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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