Scholastic Scrimmage Returns to PBS39 for 42nd Season

Posted by Gerard Longo on

High school students from around the region will compete once again to be named “Best and Brightest in the Valley” when new episodes of PBS39’s Scholastic Scrimmage begin airing at 10 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 7.

Now in its 42nd season, Scholastic Scrimmage features Dr. Karen Walton, vice president of academics at DeSales University, who quizzes students from PBS39’s participating school districts about all academic disciplines. Students compete to answer questions more quickly than members of the opposing team, with the higher-scoring team advancing in a tournament-style bracket after winning each individual matchup.

The season ends with a championship final, from which the winner will receive $4,000 for its scholarship fund, while the runner-up will receive $2,000. The winning team will also receive medals, a plaque for their high school's trophy case, and the bragging rights of being Scholastic Scrimmage champions.

“As our longest-running program, Scholastic Scrimmage is not only a staple of PBS39 programming; it has become the Valley’s most popular high school academic competition,” said Tim Fallon, PBS39 CEO. “We are thrilled to bring this great program back for a 42nd season, and we can’t wait to begin the excitement.”

Starting Nov. 7, new episodes of Scholastic Scrimmage will air Saturdays at 10 a.m. on PBS39. Episodes will also air Sundays at 11 a.m., Mondays at 5:30 p.m. and Fridays at 3 p.m. for the season’s duration.

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