As Channel 2's "High School Quiz Show" heads into its 11th season, among the 16 competing academic teams is one from Arlington High School.

The AHS students are due to face a serious challenge in Acton-Boxborough in a show to be broadcast Feb. 15. You can see them sooner, at the Saturday, Jan. 25, taping at WGBH, 1 Guest St., Boston. Be part of the studio audience by getting tickets here >> 

Leading the team is Ed Foley, who teaches Latin and Italian, and has advised quiz contestants here for almost a decade. "I think it was 2011 and 2012 that we were in the finals," he told YourArlington. Those were his first two years at AHS.

The current team has six members, four contestants and two alternates. They are Nick Moylan, Owen Hamilton, Anshu Aramandla, Khalil Waldron, Peter Berggren and Armaan Merchant.

The members were chosen through a tryout -- "a sort of written quiz made up of random trivia I have collected over the years," he wrote.

Among successful teams past teams, two others got past the initial round. This year's team is the first to qualify for the show in about four or five years.

"We will have our hands full this year, facing Acton-Boxborough, a team that made it to last year's final round before losing to Boston Latin.

"I think we are most definitely the underdogs in this situation," he wrote. "To be honest, though, I just want the kids to have a great experience.

"I am extremely proud of how hard they have been working over the last few weeks, often meeting to practice even when I am unavailable."

Hosted by Boston media personality Billy Costa, the broadcast competition tests students’ knowledge in math, science, civics, literature, history, current events and more. 

Representing cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth, 14 of the schools qualified based on their scores on a written quiz at the Super Sunday qualifying event held earlier at WGBH’s studios. The 15th school qualified by outscoring seven other schools an "Extra Credit," a tournament hosted at An Unlikely Story, the Plainville bookstore owned by Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. A new wild-card approach will fill the 16th and final spot on the broadcast. 

“As we begin our second decade, High School Quiz Show coaches and team members are becoming increasingly sophisticated with their preparation and strategy, taking everything from player aptitude and commitment, to buzzer and game-play strategy into consideration,” said executive producer Hillary Wells. “We’re thrilled that the series is fueling a growing network of school sponsored academic tournaments contributing to Massachusetts’ success in academic competitions at the national level.” 

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Among the top 15 are last year’s defending champion, Boston Latin School. And three schools are competing for the first time -- Salem Academy Charter School, Taunton High School and Waltham High School. 

Major funding for the show is provided by Safety Insurance. Additional funding is provided by the Museum of Science, Massachusetts Teachers Association, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Comcast NBC Universal, Harvard Summer School Programs for High School Students and Subaru of New England. 

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