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Sharon High Quiz Show Team Needs Cheering Section

First match tapes this Saturday.

Will High School Quiz Show team hear much applause while taping its first-round match Saturday?

WGBH hopes the answer is yes.

Tuesday, WGBH invited Sharon residents ages 7 and older to join the audience for the 11:15 a.m. taping at the TV station's studios at 1 Guest St., Brighton. Guests are asked to arrive for 10:15 a.m.

Interested fans should register here. WGBH is asking all audience members to keep the match results confidential until after the Feb. 19 broadcast.

Sharon will face Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School in this first-round match of the 16-team single-elimination tournament. The winner faces the Brookline-Seekonk winner on April 8. The Brookline-Seekonk match airs Feb. 12.

Sharon's on-air team will be junior Frank Zhou and sophomores Peter Riley, Siddharth Singh and Clara Mao, adviser Valerie Gundlah said. The alternates are juniors Pittayut Phonboon and Hari Anbarasu.

Zhou and Singh were on the four-person academic team, and Phonboon and Anbarasu were the alternates, that Sharon sent to the show for the first time last season. Sharon's team also included then-senior Nishanth Iyengar and current junior Matt Corman.

Hamilton-Wenham defeated Sharon, 295-210, in the Eastern Mass. semi-finals last season. Hamilton-Wenham won the state title, defeating .

Each game features four rounds: toss-up, where each correct answer earns 10 points, but teams aren't penalized for incorrect answers; head-to-head, pitting one player from each team against each other for 90 seconds, with each correct and incorrect answer worth 10 points; categories, featuring six categories of five questions of increasing value; and the 90-second lightning round, with each correct and incorrect answer worth 20 points.

This season's 16 schools scored the highest among 78 schools taking a 100-question oral quiz at WGBH's Brighton studios on Oct. 30.

The Emmy-Award winning fast-paced academic game show is hosted by Billy Costa.

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