The 13th season of The Challenge kicks off with all-star student scholars from the Ross School and Smithtown Christian School competing against each other in round one of this award-winning high school quiz show. This first round match-up will air Monday, February 1, at 6:30 PM on MSG Varsity (Cablevision’s iO TV – Channel 14). MSG Varsity, Cablevision’s recently launched 24/7 television network dedicated to everything high school, will feature new episodes of The Challenge every Sunday through Friday at 6:30 PM. The Challenge will also repeat on News 12 Long Island on Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6:30 PM and 9:30 PM.

Later in February,  scholars from Eastport-South Manor High School and Greenport High School will compete against each other Monday, February 8, at 6:30 PM on MSG Varsity (Cablevision’s iO TV – Channel 14). MSG Varsity, Cablevision’s recently launched 24/7 television network dedicated to everything high school, will feature new episodes of The Challenge every Sunday through Friday at 6:30 PM. The Challenge will also repeat on News 12 Long Island on Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6:30 PM and 9:30 PM.

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New this season is Jared Cotter, former FUSE TV host and a popular semi-finalist from American Idol. Cotter serves as moderator, quizzing competing high school teams on their knowledge of history, arts and literature, current events, math and science.

The Challenge began as a Long Island effort 13 years ago and now includes 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. This season, 184 high schools will be participating with the goal of becoming the Tri-State Challenge Champion and winning $10,000 for their school and $500 for each team member competing in that final round.

Fans of the show can also visit a dedicated page on Facebook that provides a behind-the-scenes look at the actual studio tapings and offers visitors a chance to sound off, share their experiences and cheer on their high school team.

More information on The Challenge, including standings, statistics and short contestant bios, is available on www.powertolearn.com.


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