Reach For The Top

In 1977 Pamela Rabe has participated in the Canadian quiz show “Reach For The Top” for West Vancouver Secondary School.

Pamela Rabe in Reach For The Top

Reach for the Top competition between West Vancouver and Oak Bay, Victoria. The West Vancouver participants are John King, Pam Koropatnick, David Madill, and Peter Wild.
Source: archives.westvancouver.ca

Reach For The Top


Reach for the Top (also known simply as Reach) is a Canadian academic quiz competition for high school students. In the past, it has also been a game show nationally broadcast on the CBC. Teams qualify for national rounds through several stages of non-televised tournaments held at high schools throughout Canada during the year which are known as Schoolreach.

Format

Reach questions include “snappers,” which can be answered by any of the four players on either team. There are also “Who am I?” or “What am I?” questions and “shootout” questions, also open to any player. “Relay” questions are directed at only one of the teams, and “assigned” questions are directed to a single player. Questions are typically worth ten points, but can be worth up to forty points. Points are not deducted for a wrong answer.

Every game lasts for three rounds, with one-minute breaks in between. As of 2009-2010, each game consists of 86 questions, plus four sudden-death tiebreakers in the case of a tie game after regulation. Contestants may answer a question before the reading of it is completed; however, a correct, anticipated guess does not earn extra points.

The tournament is divided into three different levels. At the regional level, local high school teams compete against each other to determine who goes on to the provincial level. The winners of the provincial championships then go on to the National Reach for the Top tournament. The winner is then declared the national champions.

Some districts also have “Intermediate” level competitions, where the questions are written with a lower level of difficulty to provide experience to new, younger players. Intermediate level champions do not move on to national finals.