Newcastle High School is where the community’s best and brightest gather. On Sept. 22, the brightest young minds NHS has to offer will shine into living rooms across the state.
The Newcastle Racer Academic Team filmed their first-ever appearance on KSBI-TV’s “Mind Games” on Sept. 11, taking on Enid High School in a two-round question-and-answer game show that will be broadcast statewide.
Started as a televised competition for Oklahoma colleges and universities in 2011, “Mind Games” added a high school bracket after two successful seasons in 2012, giving high school students statewide an opportunity to test their knowledge for a TV audience for prize money, which is utilized based on each participating school’s preference.
“The money is going to go to the academic team,” senior Nicole Kammerlocher said. “It’ll be for us to use to upgrade our system or if we go to nationals, where we have to pay for our room and board.“
Each correct answer is worth 10 points in the first round, 20 in the second. There are also bonus questions to earn extra points for a team. The team with the most points after two rounds is declared the winner.
While a non-disclosure agreement bars team members from saying who won or how much was earned for the club, Enid is a returning quarterfinalist from the show’s last high school season, which aired in April and May.
“We had a lot of fun,” senior team captain Erik Nickels said. “I didn’t even notice the cameras. When the game started, I just focused on the game and I didn’t realize I was on TV until it was all over.”
Newcastle’s match with Enid will air at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22 on KSBI, Channel 52 over the air, or Channel 8 on Pioneer cable systems.