'Making the Grade' returns to Lakeshore PBS

Contributed By:The 411 News

9th Season of region's high school quiz show

For the 9th year, Lakeshore PBS is showcasing some of the best and brightest young minds in the region with their high school quiz show, “Making the Grade.”

Schools participating this year include Andrean, Bowman Academy, Chesterton, Crown Point, Lowell, Merrillville, Portage, River Forest, South Central, Westville, Wheeler and Valparaiso. Gavit & Kankakee Valley were forced to drop out at the last minute due to scheduling conflicts.

“I'm always excited to see the schools show up each year,” said Andy Schultz, who returns as host for his fifth season. “We take their recognizable quiz bowl format, add lights, cameras, and buzzers, and have a chance see some very bright and talented students do their best work for a television audience. It's something all participating students can be proud of," said Schultz.

“The students are engaged from the moment they walk in the door of the studio until the end of the tournament in intelligent discussion with peers, interaction with a working television crew, and the usual clowning around to reduce some of the pressure of the tournament format,” Schultz said. “It's a highlight for me each spring.”

Matt Franklin, the show’s executive producer, hopes the program connects with viewers of all ages with different backgrounds and different levels of knowledge. “We have a long history of producing programs that spotlights athletic feats from around the region,” Franklin said. “I developed this program to be a fun way to show that high-level academic accomplishments are also worth sharing.”

The show will premiere on Lakeshore PBS on June 10 at 5:30pm. Lakeshore PBS Passport members can see all shows from season 9 online now.

Story Posted:05/28/2019

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