CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – A team of students from John Jay High School will kick off the new season of the MSG Varsity network’s award-winning high school quiz show, “The Challenge,” when they take on Peekskill High School in a first round match-up.
The show will air on Dec. 5, at 6:30 p.m. on Cablevision’s Optimum, channel 14.
John Jay will compete against 31 other schools from the Westchester-Hudson Valley during the Regional Rounds as they look to qualify for the Tri-State Championship Playoffs.
Back for his fourth season as host of “The Challenge” is Jared Cotter, host of “MSG Varsity’s Talent Show” and a popular semi-finalist from “American Idol.” Cotter will serve as moderator, testing competing teams on their knowledge of history, arts and literature, current events, mathematics and science in front of a live studio audience.
The John Jay team is represented by: Alex Lee, Angelo Angelino, Jackson Ruzzo (captain), Alexander Bolgar and Janice Choi (alternate). The academic adviser is Vicky Weiss.
“The Challenge” includes 192 high schools from the tri-state area – Long Island (with Nassau and Suffolk as two distinct regions), the Bronx, Brooklyn, Westchester/Lower Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Connecticut. A new match-up can been seen every Sunday through Friday at 6:30 pm, on channel 14.
Participating schools advance through a series of elimination rounds, with one school in each region being crowned regional champion and winning $2,500 for their school. The winning teams from each region go on to “The Challenge” Championship where they square off in a Tri-State Showdown. The school awarded the title of Tri-State Champion will receive $10,000 in prize money and each student participating in the final “Challenge” Championship game will receive $500.
For more information on “The Challenge,” log onto www.msgvarsity.com.
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