DURHAM — Do you know the name of the poet who was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize 31 times and who won it in 1924, 1931, 1937 and 1943?
The players for Bishop Guertin and Plymouth Regional high schools were stumped by that question during the academic quiz show “Granite State Challenge.”
Both teams came out of the gate strong, and at the end of round one, Plymouth led by a score of 130-100. Plymouth held onto its lead in the next two rounds and widened the gap in the final round to win 630-490.
The Plymouth Regional High Bobcats were represented by captain Rhys Harris, Michael Cathy, Erek Bickford and Rhianna Herlihy. The alternates were Ben Kresge and Mason Earick. The team was coached by Jay Fogarty and Troy Harris.
Playing for the Bishop Guertin Cardinals of Nashua were captain Jack Groeneveld-Mejier, Nathan Brodeur, Amelia Ballingall and Mary Duffy. The alternate was Geoffrey Zhang. Kathryn Gann was the coach.
The Plymouth Bobcats will now face Exeter High School in a quarterfinal match that will air at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 13, on NHPBS.
The next round one game, which will air at 6 p.m. Saturday on NHPBS, will feature two Nashua schools: the Academy for Science and Design and Nashua High School South.
“Granite State Challenge” brings together New Hampshire’s top high school academic quiz teams, whose members must demonstrate teamwork, quick thinking and smarts to beat the clock and buzz in with the correct answers to questions in areas ranging from math, science and fine arts to current events, entertainment and sports.
Oh, that poet, it was Robert Frost, who also taught at Plymouth State College.
For more information about the quiz show, to follow the teams and to test your own knowledge with online quizzes, go to nhpbs.org/gsc.
Couple leaves a legacy of scholarships to students
ROLLINSFORD — Thanks to a lifetime of hard work, successful farming in the blueberry fields of New Jersey and sound financial investments, New Hampshire native Samual Yarnold and his wife, Alice, bequeathed more than $800,000 in scholarship funds for Granite State residents, according to the scholarship trust.
Annual scholarships in the range of $1,000 to $5,000 are available to residents who are already in the process of post-secondary education and who are pursuing studies in the fields of nursing, medicine or social work.
Applications are due May 20, and scholarships will be awarded in the fall.
According to nephew and scholarship trustee Stephen H. Roberts, the Yarnolds retired to Rollinsford in 1958. After various illnesses, they grew to respect the skills of the staff at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover and Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Lebanon. As a result, they established a scholarship fund for students who might not be able to further their education due to financial circumstances.
Sam and Alice Yarnold were married for 52 years until her death in 1992. He died in 1994 at the age of 86.
Post-secondary students interested in scholarships should immediately contact the Alice M. Yarnold and Samuel Yarnold Scholarship Trust, 127 Parrott Ave., Portsmouth, NH 03801 to request an application.