Plymouth High advances to 'Granite State Challenge' semifinals

The next stop for Plymouth Regional High School's team, which defeated Exeter High School, is the "Granite State Challenge" semifinals.

Plymouth High advances to ‘Challenge’ semifinals

DURHAM — Plymouth Regional High school is on its way to the semifinals of “Granite State Challenge” after defeating Exeter High School last week.

Plymouth next faces the winner of a final quarterfinal game between Nashua High School South and Merrimack High School, which will air at 6 p.m. Saturday on NHPBS.

Plymouth came out of the gate strong, leading 130-80 after the first round, but Exeter found its footing and led the second and third rounds. In the final round, where correct answers are worth 20 points and incorrect answers cost a team 20 points, the stakes are higher and leads can easily disappear. Plymouth slowly rebuilt its lead, ending the game with a winning score of 520-360.

The Plymouth Regional High Bobcats were represented by captain Rhys Harris, Michael Cathy, Erek Bickford, Rhianna Herlihy and alternates Ben Kresge and Mason Earick. Coaches were Jay Fogarty and Troy Harris.

Playing for the Exeter High Blue Hawks were captain Rhys Forster, Sophia Rubens, Jack Pindell, Noah Robinson and alternates Patrick Marcoux and Andrew McElroy. The team was coached by Aaron Blais.

“Granite State Challenge” is an academic quiz show that requires New Hampshire high school teams to demonstrate teamwork, quick thinking and smarts to beat the clock and buzz in first with correct answers.

To follow a favorite team and test your own knowledge with online quizzes, visit

Circle Program issues School Spirit Challenge

The Circle Program is challenging schools to show their spirit by participating in its ninth annual Circle Trot on Sunday, May 5.

School Spirit Challenge winners will receive $400 for their school.

The Circle Trot is a 2K walk/run, 5K walk/run and a 10K run for all ages. It will begin at 9 a.m. at the Plymouth State University AllWell North building.

All proceeds will go toward the Circle Program, a nonprofit organization that supports underprivileged New Hampshire girls with mentorships and summer camp opportunities.

“The School Spirit Challenge is a great way to get schools and children involved in the community in a healthy way,” the Circle Program staff wrote in a news release. “The school with the highest percentage of students to participate in the Trot will win $400 for their athletic department.”

Any New Hampshire school is welcome to create a team. To sign up, go to and write in the school you are participating for when prompted. The entry fees also are listed at the site.

The race, which is focused on health and wellness, will have new routes this year. PSU’s Health and Human Performance Club also will provide some indoor activities.

Holderness Central School won the challenge last year, and the students who participated got to pick out a new piece of equipment for their playground.

For more information about the race and the organization, contact Beth Musto at