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January 20, 2014

Sixteen Massachusetts Public High Schools Compete in First-Round of WGBH’s High School Quiz Show

Tapings take place Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26
in front of a studio audience

 
**Results are confidential and embargoed until after broadcast**
 
BOSTON, Mass. (January 17, 2014) –Students from 16 Massachusetts public high schools will face off in front of a studio audience in the opening round of High School Quiz Show the weekend of Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26. This year’s field includes four schools new to the tournament, one past champion, and one school that has earned a place in the “Sweet Sixteen” for all five seasons.
 
Winners will advance to quarterfinal, semifinal and state championship rounds, which will be taped during the first week in February. The state champion will compete in second annual Governor’s Cup Challenge, against NHPTV’s Granite State Challenge New Hampshire state champion. The Governor’s Cup Challenge will be taped at NHPTV studios in Durham, NH and broadcast on WGBH 2 and NHPTV Saturday, May 24 at 6:30pm, immediately following the state championship.
 
All shows, with the exception of the Governor’s Cup, are taped at WGBH Studios in Brighton. Results are confidential and embargoed until after broadcast. Media wishing to attend the tapings must email WGBH Media Relations’ Regina Daley before close of business Wednesday, January 22 to receive press credentials.
 
Hosted by Billy Costa, the Emmy Award- and Parents’ Choice Award-winning High School Quiz Show is produced and broadcast by WGBH. The new season premieres on Saturday, February 8 at 6pm on WGBH 2..
 
The taping schedule for High School Quiz Show’s first-round playoffs follows:
 
SATURDAY, JANUARY 25
 
Advanced Math & Science vs. Mystic Valley
8:30am                Teams arrive, students available for interviews
9:15am                Taping begins
Episode airs February 8, 2014 at 6pm on WGBH 2
 
Dover-Sherborn vs. Lexington
10:30am               Teams arrive, students available for interviews
11:15am               Taping begins
Episode airs February 15, 2014 at 6pm on WGBH 2
 
Nantucket vs. Somerville
1:15pm                Teams arrive, students available for interviews
2pm                     Taping begins
Episode airs March 8, 2014 at 6pm on WGBH 2
 
Westford Academy vs. Newton North
3pm                     Teams arrive, students available for interviews
3:45pm                Taping begins
Episode airs March 1, 2014 at 6pm on WGBH 2
 
SUNDAY, JANUARY 26
 
Dartmouth vs. Arlington
8:30am                Teams arrive, students available for interviews
9:15am                Taping begins
Episode airs March 29, 2014 at 6pm on WGBH 2
 
Sharon vs. Hingham
10:30am               Teams arrive, students available for interviews
11:15am               Taping begins
Episode airs March 15, 2014 at 6pm on WGBH 2
 
Longmeadow vs. Acton-Boxborough
1:15pm                Teams arrive, students available for interviews
2pm                     Taping begins
Episode airs March 22, 2014 at 6pm on WGBH 2
 
Chelmsford vs. Rockport
3pm                     Teams arrive, students available for interviews
3:45pm                Taping begins
Episode airs February 22, 2014 at 6pm on WGBH 2
 
WHEREWGBH Studios, One Guest Street, Brighton, MA
Free parking available in the adjacent Guest Street Garage
 
PRESS CREDENTIALS: All press wishing to cover the tapings must email WGBH Media Relations’ Regina Daley before close of business Wednesday, January 22 to receive press credentials. Press attending the tapings will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement that embargoes results of match ups until after broadcast.
 
AUDIENCE SEATS: WGBH is inviting members of the community to be part of the studio audience. Tickets are free, but an RSVP is required.
 
MORE INFO: High School Quiz Show is part of WGBH’s long-standing commitment to serving the Commonwealth’s educational efforts. In addition to its broadcast commitment, WGBH serves as Massachusetts’ digital media partner on two ambitious federally-supported Race to the Top initiatives aimed at reshaping learning for the 21st century. In 2002, WGBH created Teachers’ Domain, which is cited as the foundation for what is now PBS LearningMedia, a national broadband service for teachers and students.
 
High School Quiz is endorsed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. 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 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 the WGBH Children’s Educational Media Fund.
 
About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, 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, High School Quiz Show, and Neighborhood Kitchens. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio; 99.5 WCRB; 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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