WHHS opens season for quiz show


The new season of MSG Varsity’s award winning high school quiz show, “The Challenge”, will feature a first round match-up between West Hempstead High School and Herricks High School on Sunday, February 10, at 6 p.m. on Cablevision’s Optimum, Channel 14.

West Hempstead High School will compete against 31 other schools from Nassau County on Long Island 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, math, and science in front of a live studio audience.

The West Hempstead team is represented by: Pierre Leconte, Caroline Moyer Laurin (Captain), William Signorile, Anna Chen and (Alternate) Victoria Hanson. The academic advisor is Pamela Gordon.

“The Challenge” includes 192 high schools from 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. Long Island will be represented by 32 high schools from Nassau County and 32 high schools from Suffolk County. A new match-up can been seen every Sunday through Friday at 6:30 pm, on MSG Varsity..

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.