In Rematch, Belmont High Takes On Current Champ Boston Latin In ‘GBH’s High School Quiz Show Finals On Saturday

Photo: Here are your Belmont High team in the finals of the 12th season of High School Quiz Show

The Marauders will once again face off against the Wolfpack to earn the title of being really wicked smart.

After defeating Advanced Math and Science in last week’s semi-finals, Belmont High School will take on two-time defending champions Boston Latin School for the title of the 12th season of High School Quiz Show on Saturday, June 19 in a repeat of last year’s championship match.

The finals episode of the academic competition produced by Boston’s ‘GBH will premiere at 6 p.m. on GBH 2 and will also stream at the same time on the High School Quiz Show YouTube channel. 

High School Quiz Show is Boston public media producer GBH’s award-winning, fast-paced academic competition for Massachusetts high school students. Aside from Jeopardy!High School Quiz Show is the most popular academic quiz show on American television. 

For this year’s competition, the show was produced using a new, innovative hybrid model with students competing remotely and long-time host Billy Costa emceeing from GBH studios in Boston.

High School Quiz Show is endorsed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education and the Massachusetts PTA. Questions on the show are aligned with the Massachusetts high school curriculum standards in subjects that include literature, history, civics, science and math, as well as current events, and general knowledge.

Major funding for High School Quiz Show is provided by Safety Insurance. Additional funding is provided by the Museum of Science, Massachusetts Teachers Association, XFINITY from Comcast, Eastern Bank, Emerson College and Subaru of New England.

Belmont High’ Smarties Battling Saturday for Semi-Finals in Channel 2’s ‘High School Quiz Show’

Photo: Belmont High’s High School Quiz Show team.

A quartet of smart kids from Belmont High School will take on their peers from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High for the final place in the semi-finals of WGBH 2’s High School Quiz Show today, Saturday, April 30 at 6 p.m.

Lexington High School, Newton North High School and the Advanced Math and Science Academy have all advanced to the semi-finals.

High School Quiz Show is a 16-team tournament-style academic game show hosted by local TV and radio personality Billy Costa. The weekly show features four rounds of competition, with the question and answer sections varying by stage. Each high school chosen sends a team of four into the intellectual fracas, a single-elimination bracket that culminates in the state finals May 21.

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.

Come Support Belmont High in the Audience at High School Quiz Show this Saturday

This Saturday, students from Belmont High School will go toe-to-toe with their contemporaries from Shrewsbury High in the first round of this year’s WGBH’s High School Quiz Show!

Thomas Zembowicz, Rahul Ramakrishnan, Clare Lai, Lucas Jenkins, and Sai Sriraman will begin taping in front of a studio audience on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 3 p.m. at WGBH’s studio at 1 Guest St. in Brighton. 

Students and residents can reserve FREE tickets to the taping at

The BHS quintet will be competing in season six of High School Quiz Show after scoring in the top 16 out of 120 teams from across the state in a fierce tryout at the WGBH studios on Nov. 16.

“The students did a phenomenal job. The breadth of knowledge they collectively possess is extraordinary,” said BHS science teacher Stacy Williams who is the team’s faculty advisor/leader/cheerleader.

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.

The show will premiere on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. on WGBH 2. The show is hosted by local radio and television personality Billy Costa.

Questions? Contact Williams at