Devon Prep students compete in PBS 39's Scholastic Scrimmage

Members of Devon Prepís Academic Challenge Team, from left, Kevin Sheng, Joshua Lieberman, Andrew Bright, Christian Nave and Sean Bevan, with their moderator Mr. Roger Mecouch, recently taped an episode of Scholastic Scrimmage which airs on PBS 39. Photo courtesy of Devon Prep

Five members of Devon Prep’s Academic Challenge Team (ACT), with their moderator Mr. Roger Mecouch, travelled to the studios of PBS 39 in Bethlehem, PA recently to participate in the Scholastic Scrimmage TV show. The participants include Seniors Kevin Sheng of Chester Spring, Andrew A. Bright of Phoenixville, and Sean J. Bevan of Phoenixville, as well as Juniors Joshua M. Lieberman of Downingtown and Christian J. Nave of Lansdale.

Scholastic Scrimmage is a televised quiz bowl game show involving over 30 high schools and airing on PBS 39 WLVT-TV and WPSU-TV. Dr. Karen Walton, Provost of DeSales University, serves as the host. For 40 years PBS 39 has been producing the popular high school academic competition where contestants try to answer questions more quickly than members of the opposite team.

Devon Prep competed against William Allen High School in Allentown and won by a large margin. They will return to the studio in late January to tape the second round of the competition. At the end of the season the winning team receives $4000 for its scholarship fund and the runner-up receives $2000. Devon Prep’s first appearance on Scholastic Scrimmage will air in early February.

According to Mecouch the team members were a little nervous at first but seemed to relax as the show got underway. “They were very excited to be on the show and did a great job,” he said. “We all look forward to going back in January.”


Devon Prep is a small, private, Catholic, college preparatory school for young men in grades six through 12 conducted by the Piarist Fathers. Located on a 20 acre campus in Devon, Chester County, Devon Prep enrolls nearly 300 students who hail from the five county Philadelphia area. For more information call (610) 688-7337 or visit,