Scholastic Scrimage
 

Scholastic Scrimmage Air Times:

Fridays at 3:00pm | Saturdays at 10:00am | Sundays at 11:00am

Scholastic Scrimmage, now in its 44th year, involves more than 130 students from 29 schools in our region competing in this televised academic quiz show each year. 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 program-- the longest running in PBS39's history-- has a new look and feel, beginning with the host. Salisbury High School English teacher, Joe Pacitti, takes over host duties from long-time host Dr. Karen Walton, who retired after 20 years of hosting the show a the conclusion of last season.

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Joe Pacitti: New Host of PBS39's Scholastic Scrimmage

Joe Pacitti takes over for Dr. Karen Walton, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs with DeSales University, who recently retired as host of Scholastic Scrimmage, a role she held for over 20 years. Prior to her long run, Harry Price hosted the show.

Pacitti, a Lehigh Valley native, will act as moderator while two teams of four high school students each battle head to head on subjects such as humanities, science, the arts, and mathematics.

"Scholastic Scrimmage is proud to be the longest running program on PBS39," commented Alyissa J. Gallagher, Director of Education and Outreach for PBS39. "We look forward to a new and exciting format for the Valley's favorite academic competition. I encourage our devoted viewers to tune in this season and am confident that Joe will attract a new crop of fans."

Pacitti attended St. Ann School in Emmaus and Emmaus High School. Pacitti attended Temple University and graduated with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Italian. He credits his wife, Carla, for encouraging him to become a high school teacher. Prior to moving back the Lehigh Valley, Pacitti taught in Maryland and Philadelphia. Now in his fourth year at Salisbury High School, he teaches 11th and 12th grade English, AP Language and Composition, and Yearbook. Salisbury High School, a long time participant in Scholastic Scrimmage competitions, was last year's champion.

A current doctoral candidate in education at Lehigh University under the advisement of Dr. Craig Hochbein, Pacitti spends his free time reading and writing about managerial and labor economics and their intersections within the realm of K-12 education hiring and retention protocols.

"My family - Carla, son Luca, daughter Alessandra, and Gatsby the family dog - allow me to stay around despite my eccentricities," said Pacitti. "I have large shoes to fill. Dr. Walton set a very high bar as an educational game show host. I am excited to bring my personality to the role while still honoring the program's four-plus decade long legacy."
Joe Pacitti

"I am excited to bring my personality to the role while still honoring the program's four-plus decade long legacy."

~ Joe Pacitti

Scholastic Scrimmage Schedule 2017-2018

TEAMSTAPE DATEAIR DATE
LEHIGHTON VS NAZARETHOCTOBER 18 @ 9:30AMNOVEMBER 14
NOTRE DAME VS EMMAUSOCTOBER 18 @ 10:30AMNOVEMBER 21
DIERUFF VS BANGOROCTOBER 18 @ 11:30AMNOVEMBER 28
LV ACADEMY VS FREEDOMOCTOBER 19 @ 9:30AMDECEMBER 5
SAUCON VALLEY VS CATASAUQUAOCTOBER 19 @ 10:30AMDECEMBER 12
PANTHER VALLEY VS WILLIAM ALLENOCTOBER 19 @ 11:30AMDECEMBER 19
JIM THORPE VS MARIAN CATHOLICOCTOBER 20 @ 9:30AMDECEMBER 26
NORTHAMPTON VS WILSONOCTOBER 20 @ 10:30AMJANUARY 2
PEN ARGYL VS ALLENTOWN CENTRAL CATHOLICOCTOBER 20 @ 11:30AMJANUARY 9
NORTHWESTERN LEHIGH JANUARY 16
MORAVIAN ACADEMY VS BETHLEHEM CATHOLICOCTOBER 24 @ 11:30AMJANUARY 23
STROUDSBURG VS WHITEHALLOCTOBER 25 @ 10:30AMJANUARY 30
SOUTHERN LEHIGH VS PALMERTONOCTOBER 24 @ 9:30AMFEBRUARY 6
NORTHERN LEHIGH VS LIBERTYOCTOBER 24 @ 10:30AMFEBRUARY 13
   
ROUND 2 TEAMSTAPE DATEAIR DATE
NAZARETH VS EMMAUSNOVEMBER 8 @ 9:30AMFEBRUARY 20
DIERUFF VS LV ACADEMYNOVEMBER 8 @ 10:30AMFEBRUARY 27
SAUCON VALLEY VS WILLIAM ALLENNOVEMBER 8 @ 11:30AMMARCH 6
JIM THORPE VS WILSONNOVEMBER 9 @ 9:30AMMARCH 13
ALLENTOWN CENTRAL CATHOLIC VS NORTHWESTERN LEHIGHNOVEMBER 9 @ 10:30AMMARCH 20
BETHLEHEM CATHOLIC VS WHITEHALLNOVEMBER 9 @ 11:30AMMARCH 30
SOUTHERN LEHIGH VS NORTHERN LEHIGHNOVEMBER 10 @ 9:30AMAPRIL 6
SALISBURY (BYE) VS PARKLAND (BYE)NOVEMBER 10 @ 10:30AMAPRIL 13
   
ROUND 3 TEAMSTAPE DATEAIR DATE
EMMAUS VS LV ACADEMYNOVEMBER 14 @ 9:30AMAPRIL 20
SAUCON VALLEY VS JIM THORPENOVEMBER 14 @ 10:30AMAPRIL 27
ALLENTOWN CENTRAL CATHOLIC VS BETHLEHEM CATHOLICNOVEMBER 15 @ 9:30AMMAY 4
SOUTHERN LEHIGH VS PARKLANDNOVEMBER 15 @ 10:30AMMAY 11
   
ROUND 4 TEAMSTAPE DATEAIR DATE
DECEMBER 4 @ 9:30AMMAY 18
 DECEMBER 4 @ 10:30AMMAY 25
   
FINALSTAPE DATEAIR DATE
FINAL TEAMSDECEMBER 7 @ 9:30AMJUNE 3
ALL-STAR TEAMSDECEMBER 7 @ 10:30AMJUNE 13
   

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