Boston, MA (May 23, 2023) - Buckingham Browne & Nichols School (BB&N) has earned the title of High School Quiz Show® State Champion. The Cambridge-based independent school rose to the top of the bracket to face Mansfield High School in the culminating match of Boston public media producer GBH’s academic tournament. BB&N defeated Mansfield with a final score of 380 to 310 on the Season 14 finale, which aired on Saturday, May 20.
Hosted by Boston media personality Billy Costa, High School Quiz Show is a showcase for high school smarts, bringing 17 schools from across Massachusetts together for a season of fast-paced, head-to-head matches that test students’ acumen in categories such as literature, math, history, science, civics and current events. Season 14 of High School Quiz Show is available to stream in its entirety on highschoolquizshow.org and the High School Quiz ShowYouTube channel.
BB&N made its first High School Quiz Show appearance on Season 13, losing in the first-round Wild Card match. The team returned to the High School Quiz Show podium in Season 14 by earning one of the top scores at the Super Sunday qualifying event in November 2022.
“Congratulations to the Buckingham Browne & Nichols’ High School Quiz Show team on their impressive victory,” said Susan Goldberg, President and CEO of GBH. “High School Quiz Show is dedicated to celebrating the extraordinary academic aptitude of Massachusetts high school students with the fun and pageantry of competition. Taking part in a tournament as rigorous as High School Quiz Show takes great perseverance and teamwork. I applaud all of the students, coaches and communities that shared their dedication and spirit this season.”
Coached by BB&N English teacher Sam Crihfield and BB&N math teacher Chip Rollinson, teammates Asher, Bradford, Daniel and Henry successfully lead the team to victory. Aaron and Gabe supported the team as alternates. (Contact GBH Communications and Media Relations Coordinator, Lauren Herbert to request surnames.)
Over the course of the season, teams were presented with special celebrity questions from actors, athletes, politicians, scientists and artists such as Mayor of Boston Michelle Wu, Boston Bruins left winger Brad Marchand, NASA astrophysicist Dr. Amber Straughn and Broadway playwright Michael R. Jackson.
In addition to the championship title, BB&N earned a $1,000 check, a 2023 commemorative trophy, gold medals for each student and coach and a banner to be displayed at the school.
Sixty-five schools competed in the Super Sunday qualifying event last November. The 17 schools that competed in Season 14 of High School Quiz Show earned the highest scores during Super Sunday. The schools that competed this season were:
● Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
● Andover High School
● Boston Latin School
● Brookline High School
● Buckingham Browne & Nichols School (Cambridge)
● Commonwealth School (Boston)
● Concord-Carlisle High School
● Hingham High School
● Lexington High School
● Mansfield High School
● Melrose High School
● Needham High School
● North Quincy High School
● Phillips Academy (Andover)
● Saint Joseph Prep Boston
● Shrewsbury High School
● South High Community School (Worcester)
The complete Season 14 bracket can be found here.
High School Quiz Show is endorsed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education and the Massachusetts PTA. Major funding for High School Quiz Show is provided by Safety Insurance. Additional funding is provided by the Museum of Science, Massachusetts Teachers Association, Xfinity, UMass Amherst, Eastern Bank and Subaru of New England.
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