Plymouth High wins 'Granite State Challenge' championship

The Plymouth Regional High School team won the 2019 "Granite State Challenge" championship. From left are Alec O’Meara, media relations manager at sponsor UNITIL; Jon Cannon, the show's host; Jay Fogarty, the team's coach; and the team, captain Rhys Harris, Michael Cathy, Erek Bickford and Rhianna Herlihy, all juniors, and team alternates junior Ben Kresge and sophomore Mason Earick.

Plymouth High: 2019 champions of ‘Granite State Challenge’

DURHAM — Plymouth Regional High School emerged the victor in a battle between two Grafton County teams in the “Granite State Challenge” championship game.

The win gives Plymouth its third championship title, tying it with Salem High School for the most “Challenge” titles.

Littleton High School was in the academic quiz show’s finals for the first time in school history. The team was from the smallest public school competing this season, with only 213 students.

Playing for the Littleton High Crusaders were captain Marcos Silveira, Aidan Hastings, Breanna Corliss and Vincent Silva. Charles Denny was the coach.

The Plymouth Regional High Bobcats were more seasoned competitors. The team played in the 2018 championship game and took home the title in the 2013 season and the 1995-96 season. Playing for the Bobcats were captain Rhys Harris, Michael Cathy, Erek Bickford and Rhianna Herlihy. Alternates were Ben Kresge and Mason Earick. Jay Fogarty was the coach.

Plymouth led 170-120 at the end of the first round and expanded its lead to 390-200 after a strong second round.

In the 60-second round, alternates are allowed to join their team, but Littleton was down two players due to prior commitments. Littleton picked the “Pining for Purple” category in which all the answers included the word purple or a shade of purple. The team picked up 50 points with five correct answers. Plymouth chose the “Pen Names” category in which all the answers were words, names or titles that included the letters P, E and N in that order. They answered nine out of 10 correctly, missing only the Edgar Allan Poe short story “The Pit and the Pendulum.” At the end of the round, Plymouth was ahead 480-250.

In the final round, correct answers earn a team 20 points, but an incorrect answer costs 20. Both teams played aggressively, but the Littleton players were not able to overcome their point deficit, and Plymouth won with a final score of 620-330.

Plymouth Regional High School now goes on to represent New Hampshire in the “High School Quiz Show Invitational” at WGBH in Boston. They will be playing the championship team from Maine. After that game, the Rhode Island and Massachusetts teams will face each other.

To catch both games, tune in to NHPBS from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday. The winner of each game will play for the “High School Quiz Show Invitational” title. That match will air on NHPBS from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25.

For more information, go to nhpbs.org/gsc.

Science center offers marine biology camp

RYE — The Seacoast Science Center is offering a two-week marine biology camp this summer for students in grades 9 to 12.

The camp is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, Aug. 5 to 16, at the center, which is in Odiorne Point State Park, 570 Ocean Blvd.

The camp is aimed at science-minded students interested in pursuing studies in marine biology or a related science field.

The camp will teach marine ecology and biology through hands-on indoor and outdoor activities and connect students with marine biologists and scientists working in related careers.

For more information, visit www.seacoastsciencecenter.org or contact program director Henry Burke at h.burke@sscnh.org or 436-8043 ext. 16.

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