By: Sharon Aron Baron
In the competition to reward and showcase intellectual student talent, School Duel is back featuring Coral Springs High School against Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
On Thursday, March 7, at 8:00 p.m. the two teams will be featured on the academic quiz show on the Broward Education Communications Network (BECON).
The 19-show series features four-person teams who compete in a single elimination tournament to determine a School Duel champion. To participate, 67 high schools in the area competed in an online test and the top 20 schools made it to the televised rounds including Cooper City High School, Cypress Bay High School, Deerfield Beach High School, Everglades High School, Fort Lauderdale High School, Miramar High School, South Broward High School and Western High School.
In addition to the ten BCPS high schools, five high schools from Miami Dade County Public Schools and five from Palm Beach County Public Schools participate in this year’s competition.
School Duel consists of four rounds of questions, covering a variety of subject areas. The show begins with the First Strike round, featuring 10-point toss-up questions answered by either team. The second round, the Joust, matches individual players head-to-head for a 10-point question, with the winner earning their team the chance to answer three more bonus questions worth up to 30 additional points. Round three is the Rapid Action round, where teams try to answer up to 10 questions in a 60-second time limit. The final round, the Final Showdown, consists of a series of toss-up questions, worth 20 points each.
The players on the winning and runner-up teams will each receive prizes from sponsors, including a $1,000 check for each winning student courtesy of BrightStar Credit Union and Chick-fil-A, a $200 check for each runner-up courtesy of Publix, and a championship trophy from EDCO Awards and Specialties. The winning school will also receive a School Duel trophy.
School Duel airs every Thursday night at 8 p.m. on BECON-TV. A new episode of School Duel will air every following Thursday evening, through the show’s championship game on May 30, 2019.
In addition to Thursday at 8 p.m., that week’s School Duelepisode will air again on Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m.
BECON-TV reaches homes throughout Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. Coral Springs residents can watch via Comcast Cable (channel 19), DirecTV, DISH Network and AT&TU-Verse (channel 63).