DERRY — They are up for the challenge.
A team of Pinkerton Academy students are once again taking part in New Hampshire Public Television’s “Granite State Challenge” contest, pitting student teams from all over the state against each other for the big win on the academic-based program.
Pinkerton’ team has six members, four who appear in the regular televised programs and two alternates.
Led by advisors Peter Crowell and Pam Griswold, the team was hard at work recently practicing with hand-held buzzers to give the quickest answers possible.
Pinkerton made the cut, earning a spot in the final 16-team lineup out of 52 school teams that began the process.
In addition to Granite State Challenge, Pinkerton also has a quiz bowl-style club where students compete with quick answers based on geography, history, pop culture and science.
The Granite State Challenge students came from that quiz bowl pool.
Crowell said this year’s program is special.
“It’s the 30th anniversary,” he said. “There is even a ‘1984’ category.”
Crowell said his Challenge students are driven and very smart.
Shows already have begun taping and are televised weekly. Although Pinkerton has several contests already in the bag, Crowell said students are good about keeping their results a secret until that program airs.
The show will begin airing in February with Pinkerton’s first appearance scheduled for March 8.
Adam DeMio, a sophomore, said he likes being part of the Challenge team.
“I started with the quiz bowl and was invited to join the Granite State Challenge team,” he said.
Sara Tridenti, a junior, said the group is very close.
“Most of us stick with it,” she said.
Senior Ben Foley said a friend invited him to get involved. The quick-thinking skills are good to have.
“It’s really good for taking tests,” Foley said.
Other team members are Brooke Ent, Joe Ronca and Jacob Hodgins.
The Granite State Challenge began in 1984 and was patterned after the College Bowl-style programs.