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Having won the first round, the academic team from Floral Park Memorial High School is moving on to Round 2 in The Challenge, an academic quiz show designed to test students' knowledge in a Jeopardy-style format. The second-round match-up between Floral Park Memorial High School and Plainedge High School will air exclusively on News 12 Long Island at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14. The Challenge, hosted by News 12 Long Island anchor Scott Feldman, can also be viewed anytime through the convenience of video on demand (VOD) through News 12 Interactive, located on iO TV channel 612.

In its 12th season, The Challenge includes schools and students from the Bronx and Brooklyn, Long Island, the Westchester/Hudson Valley region, New Jersey and Connecticut. More than 900 students representing 184 tri-state area high schools are participating this season. Teams are typically made up of students who are at the top of their class - academic all-stars who compete based on their knowledge of history, arts and literature, math and science.

"We started this season of The Challenge with more schools than ever. Now that we've moved to Round 2, the pressure is definitely on. These contestants have honed their skills and are primed to perform," Trent Anderson, Cablevision's vice president of education, said. "Cablevision and Power to Learn, Cablevision's education initiative, are delighted to partner with tri-state high schools to showcase some of the region's most academically talented students in an exciting, entertaining television show. We wish Floral Park High School and Plainedge High School good luck in Round 2."

Representing Floral Park Memorial High School are Thomas Galassi (team captain), Ryan Hauer (team alternate), Julia Palmeri, Sarah Roe and John Surico. Academic advisors are Denis Hayden and Nick Simone.

As this season of The Challenge progresses, schools will vie each week to continue on in the competition, which ultimately results in the best teams from each region facing off against each other next spring. Regional champions will then compete for the ultimate title, Tri-State Challenge Champion. The winning team in each region will receive $2,500 and go on to compete for $10,000 in the Tri-State Championship. Each student participating in the championship match will receive $500.

The Challenge is a key element of Cablevision's education initiative, Power to Learn - the company's ongoing commitment to the development and learning of students in the tri-state area. In 2008, the show received a Beacon Award - the industry's highest award for public-affairs excellence - and a New England Cable & Telecommunications (NECTA) Award for Public Service and Excellence in Cable Television.

The Challenge is moderated by popular News 12 anchors from each region - Scott Feldman on Long Island, Tom Appleby in Connecticut, Bryan Jenkins in New Jersey, Heather McBride in the Bronx and Brooklyn and Brian Conybeare in Westchester/Hudson Valley.

More information on The Challenge, including standings, statistics and short contestant bios, is available on www.powertolearn.com as the tournament progresses. The Challenge is presented by Cablevision's Power to Learn and Cablevision's News 12.


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