Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives to Matchwits with high schoolers

More than 70 high schools from all across Colorado are expected to participate in this year’s “Matchwits” competition — won last year by the team from The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs.

More than 70 high schools from all across Colorado are expected to participate in this year’s “Matchwits” competition — won last year by the team from The Classical Academy in Colorado Springs.

School may be nearly out for summer, but that’s not stopping Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives from supporting youth and education across the state. The coalition of 23 co-ops — which includes Tri-State and the Colorado Rural Electric Association – recently signed up as supporting sponsors of Rocky Mountain PBS’s “Matchwits” program, a long-running high school academic competition that, for the first time, is being taken to a statewide level.

“Matchwits” is a weekly, quiz show format half-hour program that has been airing on the Pueblo/Colorado Springs PBS station for nearly 29 years.

“For our 2013-2014 season, the competition is being opened up to all high schools throughout Colorado,” said Kelsey Prescott, development account executive for RMPBS. “In doing so, we’re also going to be airing the program on all five PBS affiliate stations in the state – Denver, Pueblo/Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, Durango and Steamboat Springs – effectively reaching 99 percent of the television viewing households across Colorado,” she explained.

Along with directly supporting youth and education with a statewide impact, the state’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives will receive a significant amount of on-air, on-line and in-person exposure and recognition through their group participation. The registration and qualification process is taking place over the next several months, with the final 16 high schools competing in the televised (taped for later broadcast) portion of the competition this fall.

Questions in the on-air tournament include, but are not limited to, English, history, geography, science, current events and math. “Matchwits” will air on Sundays at 6 p.m. from January to the beginning of April in 2014.

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