WATERTOWN, NY; December 20, 2022 – WPBS-TV, the PBS affiliate station serving Northern New York and Eastern Ontario, completed the 42nd season of Whiz Quiz and is pleased to announce the 2022 Whiz Quiz Champions: Sackets Harbor Central School from Sackets Harbor, New York.
Whiz Quiz is a local TV program produced by WPBS-TV in Watertown, New York. Hosted by Joleene DesRosiers, this quiz bowl-style tournament invites over 30 high-schools from across the North Country and Canada to participate and compete for a scholarship prize. The program debuted in 1980, and has been on the air for over 40 years. Competing high school students from both sides of the border showcase their knowledge in areas like Math, Geography, Literature, and the Arts. This trivia competition is a single-elimination format and the winning team takes home the Glenn Gough Honorary Scholarship.
Filming takes place annually in October and November and the program airs on WPBS-TV October through December. Full episodes of Whiz Quiz are available to watch at watch.wpbstv.org.
In Season 42 of Whiz Quiz, 32 American High Schools and 1 Canadian High School competed in the single elimination tournament. The Sackets Harbor Central School team (Kaelynd Brouillette, Eric Gayne, Annika Jantzi, Ian Van der Merwe and alternate William Virkler), led by Advisor Sandra Butler and Co-Advisor Leanne Montrios, demonstrated the academic knowledge necessary to win both the American Competition and the International Competition.
The annual Whiz Quiz banquet and celebration will be held on January 18, 2023 at the Clayton Opera House to award the teams. Season 42 Champions, Sackets Harbor Central School, will receive the Glenn Gough Championship Trophy and Scholarship Prize of $4500.
WPBS thanks all of our sponsors for making Whiz Quiz the longest running, local academic quiz production in the North Country. Corporate support for Whiz Quiz is provided by: Jefferson-Lewis BOCES, St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley (SUNY Canton, St. Lawrence University, Clarkson University, SUNY Potsdam), United States Air Force, Northern Regional Center for Independent Living (NRCIL), Jefferson Community College, Dunkin’, and Carthage Area Hospital. Scholarship funding provided by: Local Rotary Clubs (Clayton, Theresa and Watertown), EDF Renewables, Nexamp, Stewart’s Shops and National Grid.
“At WPBS our core mandate above all else, is to support education and lifelong learning. The students who have worked so hard to participate are future leaders in our communities. We are so pleased and excited to be able to celebrate their academic excellence and thank the students, parents, teachers, educators, volunteer judges and sponsors who make Whiz Quiz possible,” said Mark Prasuhn, President & General Manager of WPBS.
For more information about Whiz Quiz, please visit www.wpbstv.org/whiz-quiz.
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