‘Spectrum News Challenge’ returning with new format
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The show returns Wednesday, July 12, 2023, in all-new tournament style format and will challenge high school contestants on their knowledge of local and national news, politics, and significant events in world history. “Spectrum News Challenge” will air Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. on all local Spectrum News networks and the Spectrum News App through September 20, the grand finale of the competition.
“Season Two of the ‘Spectrum News Challenge’ promises even more of what viewers loved about Season One and provides younger audiences with the chance to test their news knowledge in a creative, entertaining and accessible format,” said Cater Lee, Vice President, Original Programming and Talent Development, Spectrum News. “In our all-new tournament style competition, the new season ramps up the excitement for students and viewers to examine their knowledge of what’s in the headlines – past and present.”
This new season will feature 16 teams from high schools in New York, California, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Kentucky competing against each other, with four rounds to answer news-based questions in a quiz format. The top four scoring teams will face off in the semi-final round. The two winners of those match-ups will advance to the championship bracket and have a chance to win $15,000 ($5,000 per student). Each team represents student leaders from diverse organizations and clubs.
Season two matchups will include: Model U.N. members from Lecanto High School in Florida versus the Mock Trial team from West Bent High School in Wisconsin; Student Journalists from Hathaway Brown High School in Shaker Heights, Ohio and Student Council members from Whittier High School in California; and Science Olympiads from Bronx High School of Science in New York, NY against National Honor Society members from Green Level High School in Cary, North Carolina.
Each week, students will participate and answer true/false, multiple-choice, and fill-in-the-blank questions, and conclude with a make-or-break question posed from a “mystery newsmaker.” Notable mystery newsmakers will include Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Astronaut Mike Massimino and former soccer player and two-time Olympic gold medalist Mia Hamm.