Ontario high schools "Reach for the Top" this fall on TVO

    Canada's long-running quiz show puts the province's brightest minds to
    the test

    TORONTO, Sept. 1 /CNW/ - What does familiarity breed, according to Mark
Twain? Who was the coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs when they won their last
Stanley Cup? What's the atomic number of carbon? Who led the conspirators in
the 1605 Gunpowder Plot?
    This fall, watch as Ontario high schools duke it out over the right
answers - and the title of Ontario champion - in a new season of Reach for the
Top, Sundays at 6:30 pm starting September 13, exclusively on TVO.
    The Canadian quiz show - which first aired in 1961 - returns to TVO with
10 weeks of challenging competition from the 2009 provincial finals hosted by
quizmaster Nicole Stamp. Throughout the previous school year, nearly 300
school 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. Viewers will see the following finalist teams go head to
head in a mind-bending, high-energy trivia battle:

    -   Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute - Guelph
    -   Lisgar Collegiate Institute - Ottawa
    -   London Central Secondary School - London
    -   Merivale High School - Nepean
    -   Pickering High School - Pickering
    -   TanenbaumCHAT-Kimel - Vaughan
    -   University of Toronto Schools - Toronto
    -   Waterloo Collegiate Institute - Waterloo
    -   Westdale Secondary School - Hamilton
    -   Woburn Collegiate Institute - Toronto

    The winner of the provincial finals will go on to represent Ontario at
the national final, airing Sunday November 29 at 6:30 pm on TVO.
    "In partnership with the Reach for the Top organization, TVO provides a
forum for some of Ontario's great, young 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."
    She adds, "Ontario schools have always been top performers in past
national finals, winning the national tournament three years in a row. I'm
excited to watch as the cream of Ontario's intellectual crop rises to the

    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. TVO's vision is to empower people to be
engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. For more information,
visit tvo.org.

    Where to find TVO
    Cable channel 2 (channel may vary in some areas), Bell TV channel 265,
    Star Choice channel 353.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Angela Garde, TVO
Communications, (416) 484-2600 x2305, agarde@tvo.org

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