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Parsippany Hills taking on cable challenge

Parsippany Hills High School will be participating in a "Jeopardy"-style game show against teams from throughout the tri-state region.

The academic quiz show designed to test students' knowledge is called "The Challenge," and it appears on Cablevision's News 12 New Jersey. The show is hosted by Bryan Jenkins.

In its first match, Parsippany Hills will take on High Tech High School of North Bergen. The show will air at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Feb. 2 with an encore airing at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Feb. 3.

More than 735 students representing 147 tri-state area high schools are participating this season. Teams are typically made up of students who are at the top of their class -- academic all-stars who compete based on their knowledge of history, arts and literature and math and science, said Peggy Kalia, a spokeswoman for Cablevision.

"Every year, 'The Challenge' generates excitement not only for the participating schools, but also for TV audiences who enjoy playing along at home," said Trent Anderson, Cablevision vice president of education. "The 11th season promises fierce competition, and an exciting half-hour of television each week for viewers of all ages."

Representing Parsippany Hills High School will be Brian Fu, Zachery Gao, Scott Kesselman, Theodore Ni and Sohail Zanid. The team's academic advisers are Samuel Varsano and Tony Maccarella, Kalia said.

As the season progresses, schools will vie each week to continue on in the competition, which ultimately results in the best teams from each region facing off against each other in the spring. Regional champions will then compete for the ultimate title, Tri-State Challenge Champion.

The winning team in each region will receive $2,500 and go on to compete for $10,000 in the Tri-State Championship. Each student participating in the championship match will receive $500.

More information on "The Challenge" is available at