Friday, 29 January 2010 00:00
The 13th season of The Challenge kicks off with all-star student scholars from Plainedge High School and South Side High School competing against each other in round one of this award-winning high school quiz show.
The first round match-up will air Sunday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. on MSG Varsity (Cablevision’s iO TV – Channel 14). MSG Varsity will feature new episodes of The Challenge every Sunday through Friday at 6:30 p.m. The Challenge will also repeat on News 12 Long Island on Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
New this season is Jared Cotter, former FUSE TV host and a popular semi-finalist from American Idol. Cotter serves as moderator, quizzing competing high school teams on their knowledge of history, arts and literature, current events, math and science.
“The Challenge just keeps getting better,” said Theresa Chillianis, MSG Varsity’s General Manager. “The teams really enjoy the new host, Jared Cotter, and family and friends can now tune-in six nights a week on MSG Varsity. For those who never watched before, get set for some exciting competitions each week as teams try to move on to the Tri-State Challenge Championship next spring.”
Representing Plainedge High School will be Emily Cocheo, Zachary Migliozzi, Nolan Quinn (team alternate), Christopher Walker and Mitchell Warren (team captain). The academic advisors are John Hensen and Nadine Wheeler.
The Challenge began as a Long Island effort 13 years ago and now includes the entire tri-state area — Long Island (with Nassau and Suffolk as two distinct regions), the Bronx, Brooklyn, Westchester/Lower Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Connecticut. This season, 184 high schools will be participating with the goal of becoming the Tri-State Challenge Champion and winning $10,000 for their school and $500 for each team member competing in that final round.