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Ardsley High School Advances In MSG Varsity's 'The Challenge'

The Ardsley High School academic team on the set of "The Challenge", will next face New Rochelle on May 22.
The Ardsley High School academic team on the set of "The Challenge", will next face New Rochelle on May 22. Photo Credit: Ardsley Highj School/MSG Varsity

ARDSLEY, N.Y. - Ardsley High School's team of scholars has advanced to the regional semifinals of MSG Varsity’s “The Challenge” quiz show and will take on New Rochelle High School next on May 22.

Academic adviser Jason Tamez's Panthers team of Elliot Weintraub, Martin Gross-Leczycki (Captain), Millan Pas and Ross Bialowas and alternates Callie Rosenberg and Nastasia Efremlina joins three other schools from Westchester Hudson Valley attempting to qualify for the Tri-State Championship Playoffs.

Back for his fourth season as host of “The Challenge” is Jared Cotter, a former semifinalist from "American Idol." Cotter serves 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 Ardsley-New Rochelle match will be televised on Cablevision’s Optimum, Channel 14.

“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.

Participating schools advance through a series of elimination rounds, with one school in each region crowned regional champion and winning $2,500 for their school. 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.

For more information on “The Challenge,” log onto the MSG Varsity website.

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