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Roslyn to Compete in The Challenge

RHS students take on Division HS in Jan. 29 contest

A team of top-notch students from Roslyn High School will help to inaugurate the 15th season of The Challenge, the popular award-winning quiz show.

On Sunday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m., Roslyn will take on Division Avenue High School in a contest that will air on MSG Varsity, Cablevision’s iO TV, Channel 14.

“We’re proud to celebrate academics on MSG Varsity through The Challenge and to provide these extremely bright students a platform to showcase their talents with their communities,” said Theresa Chillianis, MSG Varsity’s general manager.

Back for his third season as host of The Challenge is Jared Cotter, host of MSG Varsity’s Talent Show and a popular semi-finalist from American Idol. 

“Each season I am blown away by the students’ intelligence and their wide array of knowledge in so many diverse categories,” said Cotter. “I’m really excited to get the season started and to see which teams are going to bring it.”

The Roslyn team is represented by Caleb Balbera, Michael Lustrin (captain), Ethan Levine, Timothy Silber and Evan Schneider (alternate). The academic advisor is Jean Bishop.

The Challenge includes 192 high schools from the entire tri-state area — Long Island, The Bronx, Brooklyn, Westchester/Lower Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Connecticut.  This season, Long Island will be represented by 32 high schools from Nassau County and 32 high schools from Suffolk County.

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.

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