BOSTON (May 15, 2018) – WGBH is collaborating with “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” author Jeff Kinney for a new event series, High School Quiz Show: Extra Credit. Twelve Massachusetts high school academic teams will compete in a live tournament event hosted by Kinney at his Plainville, MA bookstore, An Unlikely Story.
“I’ve been a fan of High School Quiz Show for years, and I’m excited to step into the role of host for this very special event,” said Jeff Kinney. “I can’t wait to see the energy and academic skills these incredible Massachusetts students will bring to Plainville and hope that each team’s community will join us to play along and support their local students!”
Four teams will compete each night between Tuesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 24 starting at 6:30pm. Competitors will answer questions in topics including science, math, literature, history and current events. The team with the most points at the end of each competition will be named that night’s champion. The format and style of questions is based on WGBH’s televised academic competition, High School Quiz Show, a single-elimination tournament with, toss-up, head-to-head, category and lightning rounds.
Friends, family and the public are invited to attend the free High School Quiz Show: Extra Credit events, but RSVP is required. Sign up for each day at the links below:
High School Quiz Show: Extra Credit Schedule and Matchups
Tuesday, May 22
Somerville High School vs. Waltham High School
Hudson High School vs. Norton High School
Wednesday, May 23
Bishop Stang High School vs. Bristol County Agricultural High School
Littleton High School vs. Milford High School
Thursday, May 24
Maynard High School vs. Presentation of Mary Academy
Bishop Fenwick High School vs. Whitman-Hanson Regional High School
“We’re thrilled to collaborate with the talented Jeff Kinney on High School Quiz Show: Extra Credit, and to welcome the twelve selected schools to the competition,” said executive producer Hillary Wells. “This new event series will allow us to showcase and celebrate even more of Massachusetts’ driven and hardworking high school students in what promises to be a wonderful series of family and community events.”
Kinney has prior ties to WGBH's High School Quiz Show. He competed on a Celebrity Special in Season 3 where he tested his trivia skills alongside other big local names. He also posed questions to High School Quiz Show contestants in Season 5, appearing in a special video question.
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, Massachusetts Teachers Association, University of Massachusetts Amherst, XFINITY from Comcast, Harvard Summer School Programs for High School Students, and Subaru of New England.
About An Unlikely Story
On the site of the historic Falk's Market, Julie and Jeff Kinney have created a cornerstone in downtown Plainville with an indie bookstore, a café and an event space. An Unlikely Story Bookstore and Café is a beautiful new community gathering place where you can meet amazing authors, enjoy breakfast or lunch, or relax with your new book.
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