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Belmont High School Students Win a Spot on WGBH’s High School Quiz Show

Belmont High School Students Win Spot on WGBH’s High School Quiz Show

Come support your fellow Belmontians as they compete on WGBH’s High School Quiz Show!

Saturday, January 31st, 3:00pm at WGBH

To Reserve your FREE Ticket:
Questions? Contact Stacy Williams at

Belmont High School students will be competing in Season Six of WGBH’s High School Quiz Show after making the top 16 out of 120 teams from across the state in a fierce tryout at the WGBH studios on November 16.

Students Thomas Zembowicz, Rahul Ramakrishnan, Clare Lai, Lucas Jenkins, and Sai Sriraman will begin taping in front of a studio audience in January, and the show will premiere on Saturday, February 7 at 6:00 p.m. on WGBH 2. The show is hosted by Billy Costa, local radio and television personality.

Science teacher Stacy Williams is happy to be their cheerleader, paper filer, and faculty advisor/leader. “The students did a phenomenal job, “she says. “The breadth of knowledge they collectively possess is extraordinary.”

The High School Quiz Show is a single-elimination tournament with qualifying matches; quarterfinals, semifinals, and a state championship match. The team that wins the tournament goes on as Massachusetts state champion to compete in the third annual Governor’s Cup Challenge, a “winner-take-all” matchup against the winning school of Granite State Challenge, New Hampshire’s public television show. This year the Governor’s Cup challenge will be hosted by WGBH.

from left to right:  Clare Lai, Sai Sriraman, Thomas Zembowicz, Rhaul Ramakrishnan and Lucas Jenkins
From left to right: Clare Lai, Sai Sriraman, Thomas Zembowicz, Rhaul Ramakrishnan and Lucas Jenkins

Williams says so far the students have been conducting practices on their own in coffee shops and in her room reading questions to each other or she reads questions to the group. Soon they will begin formal training with a set of buzzers the school acquired through another competition. Williams says they are studying additional topics that frequently appear on the show. “These students are ambitious, hard-working, and a pleasure to advise,” she says.

The Princeton Review judges the competition and reviews the questions, which are aligned with the Massachusetts school curriculum standards. The High School Quiz Show is endorsed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Massachusetts PTA, according to the WGBH website.

Congratulations and good luck to all! For more information on the program and to get tickets, go to the WGBH website.


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