Peekskill High Students To Compete On TV Quiz Show

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The Peekskill students competing on “The Challenge,” are Diana Barreto, Mikyla Abdul-Azim (captain), Ayomide Jegeded, Andrew Wise and Toluwanimi Jegede. At left is academic adviser Greg Erickson and in center is "The Challenge" host Jared Cotter.
The Peekskill students competing on “The Challenge,” are Diana Barreto, Mikyla Abdul-Azim (captain), Ayomide Jegeded, Andrew Wise and Toluwanimi Jegede. At left is academic adviser Greg Erickson and in center is "The Challenge" host Jared Cotter. Photo Credit: Courtesy of MSG Varsity

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – A team of students from Peekskill High School will kick off the new season of the MSG Varsity network’s award-winning high school quiz show, “The Challenge,” when they take on John Jay High Cross River in a first round match-up.

The show will air on Dec. 5, at 6:30 p.m. on Cablevision’s Optimum, channel 14.

Peekskill will compete against 31 other schools from Westchester-Hudson Valley during the Regional Rounds as they look 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 Peekskill team is represented by Mikyla Abdul-Azim, Michael Snell (captain), Ayomide Jegeded, Andrew Wise, Diana Barreto and Toluwanimi Jegede. The academic adviser is Greg Erickson.

“The Challenge” includes 192 high schools from the tri-state area – Long Island (with Nassau and Suffolk as two distinct regions), the Bronx, Brooklyn, Westchester/Lower Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Connecticut.  A new match-up can been seen every Sunday through Friday at 6:30 pm, on 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.

For more information on “The Challenge,” log onto www.msgvarsity.com.

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