WPBS-DT, Watertown's Public Broadcasting, is pleased to present Whiz Quiz with Glenn Gough for the 2016 season. This year celebrates the 37th anniversary of Whiz Quiz, the longest running local academic quiz production in the North Country. Whiz Quiz celebrates the academic excellence of high school students from both sides of the border.
Whiz Quiz will host thirty American high schools from Jefferson, Lewis, Franklin and St. Lawrence counties and three Canadian high schools. The competition is a single-elimination format, with members competing in televised matches. The competition will air Monday Friday at 7:30pm beginning October 17th and will continue through December with the Championship matches. Each year the American and Canadian Champions meet for the International Championship in an hour-long match that pushes the teams to compete one more time to see who will hold the title of Whiz Quiz International Champions.
Tune in to celebrate the achievements of these talented students on Whiz Quiz with host Glenn Gough. All matches will be available for online viewing every Friday at watch.wpbstv.org For more information about Whiz Quiz, please visit us online at wpbstv.org/whizquiz.
About The Host
As former sports director and announcer at WWNY-TV/AM and host of North Country Sportsman on WWNY-TV, Glenn Gough is a mainstay in North Country's broadcasting community. He joined WPBS-DT in the fall of 1979 intending to work as a producer. Within months, he became Director of Programming, but still took advantage of opportunities to be involved in production. In 1980, WPBS-DT's Educational Services department developed the idea for a high school quiz show and Whiz Quiz was born. Over the years, Glenn juggled hosting Whiz Quiz by partnering with colleague Eddie Carvin (WPBS-DT producer) to share the job.
As long-time host of Whiz Quiz, some say Glenn is Whiz Quiz. When asked about his many years with the show, Glenn says,
"I enjoy it even at my "advanced" age. Whiz Quiz is a great thing for the station. I was in sports programming and know that athletes tend to get all the attention. This is one show that truly salutes academic performers. Plus I get to meet so many great kids."
Whiz Quiz Sponsors
Whiz Quiz is made possible by Corporate Support from the following organizations:
Scholarships awarded on Whiz Quiz are provided in part by:
the United States Air Force, Watertown Noon Rotary Club, Malone Rotary Club, and the Theresa Rotary Club.
"Whiz Quiz is an important program because it allows for the opportunity for high school students to participate in television. This experience involves the entire community when people are able to watch their students compete. Thank you!"
Teacher and Advisor
Alexandria Central School
"Whiz Quiz provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge, as well as see how the television industry works."
"It gives students a chance to test their cumulative knowledge. It also provides an opportunity for students to bond with people they might not otherwise be friends with, and work together to show their teachers and community just how much they know."
"Practicing helps me to bone up on my knowledge of history, literature, math, science, and pop culture. When one knows these things, it is helpful in subjects and makes things interesting. Whiz Quiz is challenging, but fun, because you get a chance to be on TV!"
"It provides recognition for a few of our most deserving students, who seldom receive acknowledgement."
"Whiz Quiz brings people of diverse interest together and gives the casual viewer another glimpse of America's future leaders and potential employees."
Teacher and Advisor
Indian River Central
"It helps our most dedicated students deal with pressure situations and develop the confidence and poise necessary to blossom into tomorrow's leaders."
High School Principal
Gouverneur Central School
The 2015 American Whiz Quiz Champions are from the Thousand Islands High School, Clayton, New York. The Thousand Islands team, led by Advisor Melissa Balk, demonstrated the academic knowledge necessary to win the American Competition. Twenty-nine American high schools competed this year in the single elimination tournament.
WPBS-DT is also pleased to congratulate the 2015 Canadian Whiz Quiz Champions, Bayridge Secondary School from Kingston, Ontario. Bayridge Secondary School, with their Advisor Cindy Eccles, captured the winning title over the two Canadian teams that competed. Canadian Whiz Quiz allows WPBS-DT to reach out to the Canadian high schools in our viewing area and to celebrate academic excellence on both sides of the border to better represent our broadcast community.
Thousand Islands High School and Bayridge Secondary School competed in the 2015 International Whiz Quiz Competition, with Thousand Islands High School prevailing. Thousand Islands High School will be presented with scholarship money during the Whiz Quiz Awards ceremony spring of 2016.
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