Genies en herbe

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Génies en herbe is the primary francophone high school quiz competition in Canada (and around the world in earlier years). It is not affiliated with Reach for the Top, the major anglophone format in Canada.

Radio-Canada years

Génies en herbe began in the 1973 season on Radio-Canada (francophone CBC). Originating in Quebec, it expanded to other provinces (even Alberta) by the late 1980s. In the early 1990's, the televised games were hosted by Martin Gélinas.

The series ended its TV run in 1997. A YouTube clip from that season ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptLtsv3_oS0 ) shows players doing something like dodgeball to earn points.

Collège Saint-Charles-Garnier appears to have been the most successful team of the televised era, winning 7 championships (and another one in post-television league play).

League play

League play began in 1988 and continued after the demise of the televised version. There is an active adult circuit over the summers in Quebec.

International versions

Génies en herbe spread to several countries starting in the 1980s. International competitions between national champions occurred occasionally. The format was most popular in Belgium, and it was also possibly the only high school quizbowl in Africa.

Some countries that used Génies en herbe:

  • Canada
  • Belgium
  • Benin
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • France
  • Senegal
  • Togo
  • Zaire