Andover’s Quiz Team beat a team from Foxborough, 370-340, in a High School Quiz Show episode originally broadcast by PBS on March 17.
Hosted by Billy Costa, High School Quiz Show asks teams to compete through rounds of current events, academic, and pop culture trivia. The AHS team will compete next against Newton North High School. That episode will air on PBS at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 21.
The Andover Quiz Team, led by coaches Mr. and Mrs. Hibino, is a competitive and academic activity where members of the team meet weekly for practice in preparation for tournaments and other competitions. The team meets on Tuesdays after school where they practice various trivia questions that they could be asked during a competition.
Mr. Hibino explained how the team qualified for the show: “We participated in an event called Super Sunday in November where we took a fifty-question quiz that over 100 high schools in Massachusetts participated in.” Super Sunday is a one-day qualifying event that determines the sixteen teams that compete in televised matches of High School Quiz Show.
Mrs. Hibino said that in order to determine who would represent AHS from the quiz team, “there were multiple runoffs [further competitions].” They had to choose select members of the team to represent because High School Quiz Show takes four contestants, plus two alternates. AHS’s four players are Frank Cai, Neil Chowdhury, Ayan Chowdhury, and Omkar Savkur and the alternates are Ashwin Ganesh and Anuraag Nagaraja.
“All of the episodes were actually filmed in January, so we’ve already done our quiz show preparation,” Ayan Chowdhury said. “I thought it was really cool to be filming for television. You get to see how the whole process works, all the things behind the scenes that go into what viewers on the screen; it was a unique and super interesting experience.”
The students filmed the show at WGBH studios in Brighton.
The Quiz Team was started by Frank Cai, a senior at AHS and Ayan Chowdhury, a junior at AHS three years ago, according to Mr. Hibino. “Mr. Conrad always wanted a team to qualify for the High School Quiz show and my wife and I were interested as advisors,” he said.
“Quiz Team meets on Tuesdays after school practicing various trivia questions,” said Mrs. Hibino. At their meetings they “watch old episodes from previous seasons [of the show] and study academic, current events and other categories that we think will be represented.”
Mrs. Hibino said, “The quiz team works hard throughout the year and participates in many competitions in addition to High School Quiz Show. They have a true passion for learning. They are a strong team and work really well together.”
By Maggie Graw