In a very exciting game on Saturday, the team from Whitman High School beat the Centennial High School Team from Ellicott City, MD and Robert E Lee High School, the Staunton Virginia team in the Washington -Baltimore - Central Virginia Super Bowl.
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Eighty one schools in the DC metro area (including Montgomery County and Northern Virginia) start the competition in the fall. Similarly eighty one schools in Central Virginia and the Baltimore area start their competition in the fall, and magically in late spring, we are left with a winner from each region, who then compete with each other in a Super Bowl Championship!
This year's game was very exciting. Centennial looked like it would be the winner until nearly the end of the competition when Whitman pulled ahead. It was a great day for the Vikings and the fifth time that Whitman has won a regional championship.
It's Academic is a high school quiz show, recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records as the world's longest running TV quiz show. Begun in 1961 in Washington DC on NBC4, the show has been sponsored by Giant Foods since 1967, and features three high school teams with three players each competing against each other.
Versions of It's Academic have been held around the United States. WNBC-TV in New York aired a local edition of It's Academic from the mid-1960s through at least 1972, hosted most of the time by Art James, with Lee Leonard filling in for a year. Chicago, Buffalo, Cincinatti, Richmond, Va, and north eastern Ohio, and Honolulu have all had versions of It's Academic. The show is now international - with versions having aired in Australia and New Zealand.
Famous people who have appeared on It's Academic include:
- Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
- Bruce Cohen, Oscar-winning producer of American Beauty
- David Ignatius, journalist and novelist
- Joshua Foer, writer
- Donald E. Graham, chairman and chief executive officer of The Washington Post Company
- Angus King, U.S. Senator from Maine
- Laura Lippman, author
- Daniel M. Maggin, sculptor
- Peter Salovey, Provost of Yale University
- Charles Schumer, U.S. Senator from New York
- George Stephanopoulos, political commentator
- Jeff Ellis, sports journalist
Other notable participants:
- Sandra Bullock appeared on the show as a cheerleader.
- Hillary Rodham was an alternate for Maine South High School in 1965 on WMAQ-TV (Chicago).
In 1979, a charity special was held between a team of three Democratic senators (Patrick Moynihan, Lloyd Bentsen, and Alan Cranston), three Republican senators (Lowell Weicker, John Danforth, and H. J. Heinz III), and three members of the press (Jessica Savitch, Art Buchwald, and David Broder).
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