Wicked Smaht! Belmont High into Semifinals of “High School Quiz Show”

Photo: A big win for Belmont High students Lucas Jenkins, Rahul Ramakrishnan, Thomas Zembowicz and Clair Lai in the quarterfinals of WGBH’s “High School Quiz Show.”

When it came to answering questions on the European Enlightenment, attempting to outsmart the  Belmont High School team on WGBH’s “High School Quiz Show” just “Kant” be done.

The team – made up of Thomas Zembowicz, Rahul Ramakrishnan, Clare Lai and Lucas Jenkins – not only knew the who’s who of 17th century philosophy but just about any other topic thrown at them as it went on to outscore Framingham High School to make it to the semifinals of the single-elimination tournament.

The competition – which took place on Saturday, April 11 at 6 p.m. – demonstrated Belmont’s wide-range of knowledge such as when Ramakrishnan answered three consecutive questions as diverse as “The Big Bang Theory,” Bishkek (that’s the capital of Kyrgyzstan) and Antoine Lavoisier. Even when they apparently guessed on a question – as when Zembowicz said “Cuba” as where the rumba originated – they got a question correct.

See how you would do by watching the latest show.

Next up for the Belmont students is Marlborough-based Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School.

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