Hall Team Competes on ‘As Schools Match Wits’ Quiz Show

From left: Ashley Granquist, Olivia Fan, Nina Faynshtayn, and Jonah Gershon on the set of "As Schools Match Wits." Courtesy photo

Students from West Hartford’s Hall High School will appear in an episode of ‘As Schools Match Wits’ in April 2020.

From left: Hall’s “As Schools Match Wits” team of Jonah Gershon, Nina Faynshtayn, Ashley Granquist, Olivia Fan, and alternate Sophie Kudler. Courtesy photo

By Ronni Newton

Students from West Hartford’s Hall High School competed against Longmeadow (Massachusetts) High School Saturday, Dec. 7 on “As Schools Match Wits,” a battle of intelligence and quick thinking that takes place annually among high schools in western New England.

The Hall team included seniors Ashley Granquist, Olivia Fan, Nina Faynshtayn, and Jonah Gershon. Sophomore Sophie Kudler served as the alternate.

Categories include arts and entertainment, literature, math and science, general knowledge (including sports), social studies (including civics and geography, and world events (history as well as current events). “As Schools Match Wits,” which premiered in 1961, is the nation’s oldest high school quiz show.

The Hall students are coached by Latin teacher Jim Crabb and math teacher Christina Hunter.

The show is filmed at Westfield State University, and was recorded for broadcast on WGBY in April 2020, Hunter said. Results of the competition are not released until the show is broadcast.

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