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High School Quiz Show - Extra Credit FAQ

High School Quiz Show: Extra Credit | Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is this event series about?

WGBH’s High School Quiz Show has teamed up with author Jeff Kinney’s An Unlikely Story to host a a satellite tournament this Spring. The event will be hosted at An Unlikely Story Bookstore & Café in Plainville, Mass.

2. Who is eligible to participate in this event?

Teams who do not qualify for the High School Quiz Show televised competition at Super Sunday will automatically become eligible to participate in the High School Quiz Show: Extra Credit tournament. The competition will be hosted by Jeff Kinney, author of the bestselling “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series.

Additional requirements:

  • Each team must be supervised by at least one (1) adult coach. A parent may serve as coach, with the school’s approval. Students may not serve as coaches.
  • Each team must include four (4) participating students and up to two (2) alternates. Alternates may attend but are not permitted to compete.
  • Participating students must be currently enrolled in the school they represent.
  • Participating schools may register a maximum of one (1) team.
  • Family members of WGBH employees and An Unlikely Story employees may not participate on a High School Quiz Show team.
  • Only schools that meet the eligibility requirements will be invited to compete.

To encourage a positive atmosphere and foster good sportsmanship, all participating schools and teams (including coaches, students and administrators) agree to abide by the Code of Conduct listed in the Rules.

3. Is there a separate qualifying quiz?

No, there is no additional or separate qualifying quiz for this event. If your school participated in the Super Sunday qualifier, you are automatically eligible for the tournament.

4. How does a school determine a team roster?

Participating schools form teams based on their own criteria and selection process. It is strongly recommended that teams include both male and female students.

5. How do schools register to participate in this event?

Schools that participated in the Super Sunday qualifying event are automatically eligible for the High School Quiz Show: Extra Credit tournament. A selection process will be held to determine who is invited to attend.

6. Does the team roster need to be the same as it was on Super Sunday?

While teams are encouraged to use the same players from a past Super Sunday, this is not required.

7. Can a school change its team members after submitting their team roster for this event?

The four students who register as a team are considered final and it is the assumption of WGBH that these four players will attend and compete in their scheduled match. If there is an unavoidable conflict and a team member cannot compete, the coach must contact WGBH with as much advance warning as possible to determine which alternate will replace the team member who cannot compete, and must receive the prior written approval of WGBH before making any roster change.

In order to avoid disappointment, coaches should ensure all official team members have reviewed and can commit to the event dates (see Question #9). Teams that are selected to compete must participate on the date and at the time assigned by WGBH. There are no exceptions, so please be sure to review the dates and times carefully in advance.

8. What are the rules for this event? Is the format different than Super Sunday and the televised High School Quiz Show competition?

The Rules can be found here. While based on the televised competition, the gameplay and format is modified for this event. Please review the rules carefully to understand how it’s different from the televised competition, and contact us with any questions.

9. When will this event be held?

Final dates are still to be determined. But the tournament will take place in the Spring of 2019.

10. Where will this event be held?

The tournament will be hosted at author Jeff Kinney’s An Unlikely Story Bookstore & Café in Plainville, Massachusetts. Free parking is available. Please visit the An Unlikely Story website for more information on directions and parking. Some light refreshments may be available for purchase at the event.

11. What is the time commitment for this event?

Final schedule is still being determined. Team members (coach and students) must arrange for their own transportation and should expect to stay at An Unlikely Story for up to two hours. Alternates may attend but are not permitted to compete.

12. Can a team change its assigned match-up time?

No, teams that selected to compete in this event must participate on the date and at the time assigned by WGBH. There are no exceptions, so please be sure to review the dates and times carefully in advance.

13. How can teams prepare to compete in this event?

It is strongly recommended that teams and coaches watch past episodes of High School Quiz Show at highschoolquizshow.org and youtube.com/HighSchoolQuizShow to become familiar with the format, pacing, and the types of questions common to academic quiz competitions. HSQuizBowl.org is also an online resource that includes a list of local tournaments and competitions.

There are a number of organizations that offer practice questions, however their materials are not completely representative of the types of questions on High School Quiz Show. While WGBH does not endorse any particular preparation materials or strategy, the following is a list of some of the organizations where you may find helpful resources:

Academic Hallmarks
PO Box 998
Durango, CO 81302
info@greatauk.com
www.greatauk.com
  NAQT
11521 W 69th Street
Shawnee, KS 66203
naqt@naqt.com
www.naqt.com
    
4 D Designs LLC
5940 Bertcliff Drive
Columbus, GA 31909
FourDDesigns@yahoo.com
www.patrickspress.com
  Questions Unlimited
2908 W. Crestwood Dr.
Ozark, MO 65721
NAC1983@comcast.net
www.qunlimited.com
    


14. Will the matches/event be taped and televised or available online?

The event will not be live streamed, although select clips will be published on the High School Quiz Show digital platforms.

15. What should the team wear for the competition?

Teams are encouraged to wear their school colors!

16. Can our team attend the other matches?

Yes, teams are encouraged to attend the other matches.

17. Can the public, including family and friends, attend this event?

Yes! In fact, we strongly encourage teams to invite guests, including family, friends, cheerleading squads, and school mascots to join the audience during these matches. The general public is also invited to attend. Stay tuned for more information about signing up for free tickets. In the meantime, please mark your calendars for the event dates and times listed above (See Question #9).

18. Will audience members be able to participate?

Yes, in between rounds there may be an audience-participation component and the opportunity to answer questions.

19. My question wasn’t answered here. How can I get in touch with High School Quiz Show?

Please send comments and questions to highschoolquizshow@wgbh.org.

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