Continuing their phenomenal winning streak in round two, the academic team from Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School is moving on to the third round of Cablevision's The Challenge, an academic quiz show designed to test students' knowledge in a Jeopardy-style format.
The third-round match-up between Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School and Syosset High School will air exclusively on News 12 Long Island at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, with an encore airing on Sunday, April 27, at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. 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, or by going to www.powertolearn.com and clicking on The Challenge.
"The teams are tougher and the stakes are higher in the third round of The Challenge," said Trent Anderson, Cablevision's vice president of education. "All the students have done a fantastic job of maintaining their 'collective cool' when the pressure is on - and it's only increasing. We wish Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School and Syosset High School good luck in round three. From here on in, it's anyone's game to win."
For the first time in its 11-year history, The Challenge includes schools and students from Westchester/Hudson Valley region and The Bronx and Brooklyn, in addition to Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut. More than 735 students representing 147 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.
Representing Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School are Randall Brachman (team captain), Andrew Brickman, Greg Lichtenstein, Jake Walter-Warner and Paul Chang (team alternate). The team's academic advisor is Michael S. Burke.
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.