TVO salutes the success of Ontario's high schools in Reach for the Top quiz challenge



    Ontario is national champion for third straight year in long-running
    Canadian quiz show airing September 2008 on TVO

    TORONTO, June 9 /CNW/ - TVO offers its congratulations on the recent
success of Ontario's high schools in the 2008 Reach for the Top cross-Canada
quiz tournament, which airs this fall on TVO. Ontario was once again a top
performer in the competition's national finals (produced by Canadian Learning
Television), which were held in Edmonton in May. Ottawa's Lisgar Collegiate
Institute took the title of national champion, marking the third straight year
that an Ontario high school has won the championship. In the past 10 national
face-offs, Ontario high schools have been victorious on eight occasions.
    "In partnership with the Reach for the Top organization, TVO provides a
forum for some of Ontario's brightest minds to showcase their academic
prowess," says Patricia Ellingson, TVO's creative head of Children's Media
Content and Programming. "We're pleased to be a part of an event that puts
education on display, and we celebrate the commitment of Ontario's teachers
and students who practice, study and compete throughout the year. All involved
exemplify what you can accomplish with exceptional teamwork."
    Throughout the past school year, nearly 300 teams from all parts of
Ontario faced off in local and regional competitions in order to determine the
10 teams that would proceed to the provincial finals. TVO will air the 2008
Reach for the Top Ontario finals Sunday nights this fall beginning September 7
at 6:30 pm with host and quizmaster Nicole Stamp. Over 11 weeks, viewers will
witness a challenging and entertaining battle of wits featuring the following
finalist teams:

    
    -   Centennial Collegiate Vocational - Guelph
    -   Lisgar Collegiate Institute - Ottawa
    -   London Central Secondary - London
    -   Mayfield Secondary - Caledon
    -   Merivale High School - Ottawa
    -   Pickering High School - Pickering
    -   South Secondary School - London
    -   University of Toronto Schools - Toronto
    -   Vincent Massey High School - Windsor
    -   Woburn Collegiate - Scarborough
    

    Later in November, TVO and Reach for the Top's other broadcast partners,
will air the national finals, where Ontario will be represented by the winner
and runners-up of the provincial finals.

    About TVO

    TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and
stimulates curiosity and thought. We are committed to empowering people to be
engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Angela Garde, (416) 484-2600
ext. 2305, agarde@tvo.org


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