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Par High Academic Team to Compete on MSG Varsity's 'The Challenge'

Local scholars compete against Wardlaw-Hartridge School on Cablevision Feb. 1.

The new season of MSG Varsity’s award winning high school quiz show, “The Challenge,” will feature a first round match-up between Parsippany High School and the Wardlaw-Hartridge School on Friday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m. on Cablevision’s Optimum, channel 14.

Par High will compete against 47 other New Jersey schools during the regional rounds as the team looks 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 Challenge” includes 192 high schools from the entire tri-state area — Long Island, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Westchester/Lower Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Connecticut. A new match 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 regionbeing 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 studentparticipating in the final “Challenge” Championship game will receive $500.

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

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