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January 5, 2016

Bracket Set for Season 7 of WGBH's High School Quiz Show

WGBH releases bracket with match ups and episode airing dates

Series begins taping January 23

BOSTON, Mass. – WGBH revealed today the official bracket for the 2016 High School Quiz Show tournament. The seeded, 16-team, single-elimination tournament is produced and broadcast by WGBH and hosted by Billy Costa. Sixteen teams from across Massachusetts advanced from a pool of 131 schools to compete in the televised academic tournament. The season seven field includes three past champions and three schools making their first appearance in the tournament.

High School Quiz Show remains one of the most rewarding programs that I work on,” said Billy Costa. “I continue to be amazed by how smart the contestants are and by the overwhelming support and pride shown year after year by their families, schools and communities.”

“With High School Quiz Show, WGBH allows some of Massachusetts’ brightest high school students to display their academic skills to the region,” said WGBH President and CEO Jon Abbott. “We are proud to provide this platform to engage and showcase the Commonwealth’s young local talent.” 

The 2016 High School Quiz Show team matchups and corresponding episode premiere dates follow. All episodes premiere Saturdays at 6pm on WGBH 2:

·  Advanced Math and Science Academy vs. Thayer Academy                                        February 6

·  Acton-Boxborough Regional High School vs. Somerville High School                          February 13        

·  Chelmsford High School vs. Shrewsbury High School                                                    February 27

·  Newton North High School vs. Norton High School                                                        March 5

·  Austin Preparatory School vs. Lexington High School                                                    March 12  

·  Hingham High School vs. Wellesley High School                                                          March 19

·  Andover High School vs. Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School                                  March 26

·  Belmont High School vs. North Quincy High School                                                      April 2

WGBH will begin taping first-round playoffs the weekend of Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24 in front of a studio audience at WGBH Studios in Brighton. Tickets are free, but an RSVP is required. Media is invited to cover the tapings and should make arrangements with WGBH’s Emily Balk (emily_balk@wgbh.org).

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 (NHPTV) Granite State Challenge winner for the fourth annual interstate quiz show face-off. This season’s Governor’s Cup Challenge will be produced and hosted by NHPTV.

High School Quiz Show begins taping at WGBH in January in front of a studio audience. The seventh season will premiere Saturday, February 6 at 6pm on WGBH 2.

Photos of each team at Super Sunday are available upon request.

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 Massachusetts Teachers Association, XFINITY from Comcast, Harvard Summer School Secondary School Program, and Subaru of New England.  

For more information, visit highschoolquizshow.org or follow the show on Facebook and Twitter.

About WGBH

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including MasterpieceAntiques RoadshowFrontlineNovaAmerican ExperienceArthurCurious 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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