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BECON-TV announces fifth season of School Duel—South Florida’s first academic quiz show

becon-2BECON-TV announces fifth season of School Duel—South Florida’s first academic quiz show

From Noel Hyatt and Jim Guarasci

      FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — BECON-TV (Broward Education Communications Network) WBEC-TV a nonprofit, noncommercial television station owned and operated by the School Board of Broward County, announced the 20 participating teams and broadcast schedule for the fifth season of School Duel, presented by Chick-fil-A and BrightStar Credit Union. School Duel is designed to reward and showcase intellectual talent in South Florida’s high schools, as well as serving as a positive educational tool for students.

The 19-show series features 20 high schools from Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. Over 50 local high schools competed in an online test to be part of the “televised” tournament. The four-person teams will compete in a single elimination tournament to determine South Florida’s School Duel champion.

Last season’s champions were Chaminade-Madonna High located in Broward County.

The 2015 high schools participating in the televised rounds include returning champion Chaminade-Madonna High and runner up Cypress Bay, along with Broward entries Somerset Academy, Stoneman Douglas, Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Cooper City, Miramar, West Broward, Coral Glades and Western.

The Miami-Dade contingents are Westminster Christian, Archimedean Upper Conservatory, School for Advanced Studies and Ransom Everglades. The Palm Beach County participating schools are Spanish River, Suncoast, West Boca Raton and Wellington.

The fifth season of School Duel airs every Thursday at 7 p.m. on BECON-TV. Repeat airings take place on Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The Championship match airs on Thursday, June 5, 2015. BECON-TV reaches homes throughout Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties on Comcast and Advanced Cable (channel 19), DirecTV, DISH Network and AT&T U-Verse (channel 63). BECON-TV reaches a potential audience of over 5.5 million people across the tri-county area.

The entire season will be re-broadcast, in chronological order, during the summer and the following fall in preparation for next season’s show.

This season, the players on the winning team will each receive $1,000 from Chick-fil-A and BrightStar Credit Union, a championship trophy from EDCO Awards and Specialties, gift certificates and much more. The 2015 season of School Duel is also supported by participating sponsors; Flashback Diner, Museum of Discovery & Science, International Fishing Hall of Fame, McFatter Technical College and Schakolad Chocolate Factory. The School Duel web site, (, powered by BrightStar Credit Union, allows viewers the chance to vote for their favorite players, compete in online contests, win prizes and much more.

BECON-TV (WBEC) is a broadcast television station licensed by the FCC to provide noncommercial educational programming to the South Florida community. For more information on BECON classroom and community programming, visit ( and for more information on School Duel, visit ( or call 1-877-TV-BECON. You can become a fan of BECON-TV on Facebook, watch BECON-TV on YouTube and follow us on Twitter.


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