PBS39, public television for eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey, continues to produce Scholastic Scrimmage, the area’s most popular high school television show where students are quizzed about all academic disciplines.
In an era of reality TV shows and many programs that are inappropriate for students to view, PBS39 is proud to provide the community with a program that every age group can watch together. Scholastic Scrimmage entertains, educates and inspires the entire family as over 130 students from 29 schools in the region compete in this televised academic quiz show each year. Teams of four high school students answer challenging questions related to humanities, science, mathematics and the arts. At the end of the season, the top two schools win cash prizes for their schools, provided by program partner grants. The first place school receives $4,000 and the second place school receives $2,000 for their scholarship fund.
The show highlights academic achievement and rewards the participating students and their schools, by showcasing their scholastic talents on television. It also encourages younger students to study and aim high, so that they can one day be a Scholastic Scrimmage contestant.
The success of all PBS programs, whether locally or nationally produced is demonstrated by their overwhelming popularity with viewers as well as the numerous awards they have received from inside as well as outside the industry. Scholastic Scrimmage has been an overwhelmingly successful educational production as evidenced by its greater popularity as each season passes. Each season, contestants sharpen their competitive edge and have made the show into a battle between the best and brightest of the Lehigh Valley.
Besides that, PBS39 is proud to continue the Scholastic Scrimmage All Stars program. This program, instituted in 2005, features the captains from the top eight competing teams. These eight captains were randomly assigned to two teams who then squared off in this lively competition. PBS39 is pleased to highlight these talented young students through the addition of the Scholastic Scrimmage All Stars program to the television schedule.
At the end of the Scholastic Scrimmage season, the winning team is awarded $4,000 for its scholarship fund and the runner-up team receives $2,000. The winning team also receives medals, a plaque for their high school trophy case, and the bragging rights of being the very “best and brightest” in the Lehigh Valley.
Grant funds traditionally pay for the scholarships awarded to each of the final teams’ schools. In addition, these funds support the costs of producing Scholastic Scrimmage.
Watch a full episode of Scholastic Scrimmage here: