Amherst Regional High School will spar this week on As Schools Match Wits, airing on WGBY public television on Saturday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m. The team has clinched a semifinals spot and will face the winner of the quarterfinal match Saturday, May 26 at 7 p.m. between Longmeadow High School and Lenox Memorial High School.
The team includes Louis Triggs, Tessa Levenstein, Kabir Narayanan, and Jonas Kaplan-Bucciarelli.
As Schools Match Wits (ASMW) pits teams of western New England high schoolers against each other in a fun, but competitive game of academic performance. The competition is open to both public and private high schools throughout western New England.
ASMW was originally created by Leonard J. Collamore for WWLP-TV 22 in 1961 to showcase local students from familiar schools in an engaging format. Twelve years ago, WWLP handed production of the show over to local PBS and public television station WGBY and Westfield State University (WSU).
Today, ASMW is one of the longest-running shows of its kind in the nation. It is hosted by award-winning local TV journalist Beth Ward
“As Schools Match Wits showcases the best and brightest students that western New England has to offer, allowing them to shine in a venue that celebrates learning,” says the show’s Producer Tony Dunne.
Each season, up to 50 schools go head-to-head in qualifying matches to see which team can earn the greatest number of points. The eight highest-scoring teams of the season then compete in playoff matches to determine the season’s champion, which is then awarded the coveted Collamore Cup, named for the show’s creator.
Broadcast weekly during the school year on WGBY, questions for As Schools Match Wits are written by longtime ASMW writer and judge Dr. Todd Rovelli along with WSU faculty and students in accordance with Massachusetts and Connecticut state high school curriculum guidelines. WSU’s Mark St. Jean of the Department of Communication serves as its Executive Producer.
The 2015 ASMW Championship Match was nominated for a New England Emmy Award in the category of “Outstanding Education/Schools Program.” It is the third New England Emmy Nomination for the show in five years (the others being in 2010 and 2011 for the same category).
Watch the show online here: Quarter Finals and root on the team! (As School Match Wits is a club at ARHS, so if your student is interested, encourage them to ask for more info at school.)