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Eight Teams. Seven Matches. One Champion. Who Will It Be? Season Two Begins April 4

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TitleHigh School Quiz Show: Rhode Island
Original PostMarch 23, 2019
Updated Airdate(s)Thursdays, April 4 - May 16 at 7 p.m.

The second season of High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island® highlights the best and brightest young scholars in Rhode Island. This rigorous competition offers local high school students a unique opportunity to display their academic prowess on television.

The Teams
Eight worthy teams emerged from “Super Sunday” in October, with the quarterfinal rounds subsequently filmed in November. The competition will be broadcast every Thursday for seven weeks on WSBE Rhode Island PBS, beginning April 4 at 7 p.m. In alphabetical order, the qualifying participants in the season two of High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island are:    

  • Barrington High School (Barrington)
  • Bishop Hendricken High School (Warwick)
  • Chariho High School (Richmond)
  • Classical High School (Providence)  
  • East Greenwich High School (East Greenwich)
  • LaSalle Academy (Providence)
  • Mount Saint Charles Academy (Woonsocket)
  • Saint Raphael Academy (Pawtucket)

“We are so proud of these students – they all performed well under pressure and are a credit to the schools they represent,” said David W. Piccerelli, president of WSBE Rhode Island PBS. “We wish them luck as they now prepare for the head-to-head competition each week.”

The Matches

April 4       Bishop Hendricken High School and East Greenwich High School

April 11     Barrington High School and Chariho High School

April 18     LaSalle Academy and Mount Saint Charles Academy

April 25    Classical High School and Saint Raphael Academy

Semifinals air May 2 and 9. The State Championship match airs May 16.

High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island is a team-based single-elimination competition among qualifying high school teams, executive produced at Rhode Island PBS by John H. Smith. Teams are composed of four students and up to two alternates, with at least one adult coach. All Rhode Island public and private high schools were eligible and invited to participate.

The Host
This season, Rhode Island PBS welcomes Joe Short as the new host of High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island. Mr. Short is a professional actor, teacher, and production artist. He has appeared on stages in Boston, New York, and Washington DC. Locally, he has performed at Trinity Repertory Company, the Sandra Feinstein Gamm Theater, and the Wilbury Theatre Group in Rhode Island.

“The schools that compete on the show really exhibit some exceptional talent here,” said Joe Short. “And the students get to spar with other students at a high level of preparation.”

“We are looking forward to celebrating the academic achievement of our students, and producing great local television with host Joe Short. This will be a valuable experience and a series of exciting contests for the students, the schools, and their families and friends, as well as our viewers,” said John Smith, executive producer of High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island.    

High School Quiz Show: New England
The winner of High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island takes the State Champion title to the interstate invitational among three other teams from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine. The semifinals air back-to-back on Saturday, May 18 at 6 and 6:30 p.m. The winners of those two matches advance to the interstate final, airing Saturday, May 25 at 6 p.m.

Where to Follow the Action
Episodes will be available every Friday after broadcast for on-demand online viewing on
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WSBE Rhode Island PBS transmits standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) content over the air on digital 36.1; on Rhode Island cable services: Cox 08 / 1008HD, Verizon FiOS 08 / 508HD, Full Channel 08; on Massachusetts cable services: Comcast 819HD, Verizon 18 / 518HD; on satellite:  DirecTV 36 / 3128HD, Dish Network 36.

High School Quiz Show®, the High School Quiz Show logo and its related indicia are trademarks of WGBH Educational Foundation, used under license.

About Rhode Island PBS
WSBE Rhode Island PBS is operated by the Rhode Island PBS Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. WSBE Rhode Island PBS is a viewer-supported member of the PBS network of public broadcasting stations, and uses the power of noncommercial media to educate, engage, enrich, inspire, and entertain viewers of all ages in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut since 1967. WSBE-DT delivers content on two channels: Rhode Island PBS (digital 36.1), and Learn (digital 36.2). For more information about programs and education services at WSBE, visit