They're baaaack.

After making it to the semi-finals of the High School Quiz Show on WGBH public television last year, Andover High's team is returning to the show.

Andover High is one of 17 schools from across Massachusetts that will compete this season. Taping for the show is set for Jan. 26. Andover's first match is against Wellesley High School. That match airs on TV March 28.

Schools qualified for the show based on their scores on a written quiz at a qualifying event in October at the WGBH studios. It's the 11th season of the public television academic tournament. 

Last year, Andover High students faced Boston Latin School in the semi-finals of the quiz show. Boston Latin went on to win the tournament.

Hosted by Boston media personality Billy Costa, the competition tests students’ knowledge in math, science, civics, literature, history, current events and other topics.

“We’re thrilled that the series is fueling a growing network of school-sponsored academic tournaments, contributing to Massachusetts’ success in academic competitions at the national level," executive producer Hillary Wells said in a press release.

Wells said coaches and team members are becoming increasingly sophisticated with their preparation and strategy.

"Everything from player aptitude and commitment to the buzzer is taken into consideration,” she said.

Three schools are competing for the first time. They are Salem Academy Charter School in Salem, Massachusetts, Taunton High School and Waltham High School.

Here is the full list of schools that will compete:

Acton-Boxborough Regional High

Andover High

Arlington High

Belmont High

Boston Latin

Brookline High

Lexington High

Mansfield High

Needham High

Salem Academy Charter School

South High Community School (Worcester)

Taunton High

Waltham High

Wellesley High

Whitman-Hanson Regional High

High School Quiz Show is endorsed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Massachusetts PTA. Questions on the show are aligned with the Massachusetts high school curriculum standards.

Funding sources include the Museum of Science, Massachusetts Teachers Association, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Harvard Summer School Programs for High School Students.

For more information, visit highschoolquizshow.org.

 

 

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