Albertus Magnus High School has advanced to the second round of MSG Varsity’s, “The Challenge”, and will take on New Rochelle High School on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. on Cablevision’s Optimum, Channel 14.

Albertus Magnus High School is joined by 31 other schools from Westchester-Hudson Valley as they progress through the Regional Rounds in trying 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 Albertus Magnus team is represented by: Jack Sullivan, Lauren Gruffi (Captain), Michael Strach, Tom McConnell, (Alternates) Megan Townsend and Kiera Townsend. The academic advisors are Peter Greene and Noreen Power.

“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, Cablevision’s Optimum 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.

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