Nashua High South tops Academy for Science and Design on ‘Challenge’

DURHAM — Can you name the California city known for hillbillies, Rodeo Drive and its 90210 zip code?

That question baffled the players for Nashua’s Academy for Science and Design and Nashua High School South during their “Granite State Challenge” match, which aired Saturday on NHPBS.

At the end of round one, Nashua High South led by a score of 140-90, but the Academy for Science and Design came on strong in round two and only trailed by 30 points with a score of 300-270. Nashua High South had a 40-point lead after round three and extended its lead in the final round to win 690-510.

Nashua High South was represented by captain Ankita Devasia, Ben Telerski, George Eid and Njeri Kiritu. The alternates were Hailey Sweeney and Sri Korandla. The team was coached by Greg Montine.

Playing for the Academy for Science and Design were captain Jonah Rivers, Ella Blanchard, Olivia Bennett, Nicholas Federico, and alternates Mark Colley and Lindsey Koczalka. The team was coached by Douglass A. Belley.

Next up, Merrimack and Portsmouth high schools will face off in a match that will air at 6 p.m. Saturday on NHPBS.

Nashua High South advances to the quarterfinals, where the team will face the winner of Saturday’s game.

The name of that California city that stumped both teams — Beverly Hills!

“Granite State Challenge” features New Hampshire high school academic teams in a quiz show that requires teamwork, quick thinking and smarts to buzz in first with correct answers to questions on topics ranging from math and science to social studies and fine arts to current events and entertainment.

To follow a favorite team or test your own knowledge with online quizzes, go to

Financial aid available for summer camps in NH

CONCORD — Camps across New Hampshire are reading scholarship applications as they work to award more than $4 million in financial aid for the summer season, as estimated by the New Hampshire Camp Directors Association, also known as New Hampshire Camps.

While March might seem early to be thinking about summer, most camps encourage early submission of scholarship requests to be able to provide the camp experience to as many children as possible. It also gives families time to prepare for camp, including completing forms and gathering supplies listed on the camp’s packing list.

The funds provided by New Hampshire Camps members enabled more than 5,000 children to attend camp programs around the state last year. That does not include scholarships provided by third parties, such as civic groups, religious communities and nonprofits.

“The requirements for a scholarship at each camp can vary,” said Ken Robbins, president of New Hampshire Camps. “Most require an application form, and some require additional supporting documents. Best advice is to visit the camp’s website and call the camp to find out more about their process and timeline. There are opportunities for all kids at New Hampshire summer camps.”

New Hampshire Camps serves and promotes the educational and recreational interests of children and adults through organized camps in the state. Its website,, offers a search feature for parents looking for a day or resident camp.