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Granite State Challenge to return to New Hampshire Public Television

Granite State Challenge, the academic game show for high school students on New Hampshire Public Television, will return to television in February after a yearlong hiatus for its 29th season.

Unitil and the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation are teaming up to put the show back on the air, after New Hampshire Public Television lost its state funding last year. In addition, the Higher Education Assistance Foundation will give each student on the winning team a $1,000 scholarship. The winning school will also receive $1,000 and the runner up school will get $500.

“We are thrilled to support Granite State Challenge and to celebrate educational excellence in New Hampshire,” said Carol Valianti, Unitil’s vice president of communications and public affairs, in a release. “Unitil works hard to promote science, technology, engineering and math education and we look forward to cheering on all the talented local students who will be competing on the show this season.”

Qualifying rounds for the show, which will air in February, begin on Nov. 18. A total of 16 teams will qualify to compete when the show begins to air.

In the game show, team of four students with two alternates compete by answering trivia questions from a variety of disciplines, including math, science, language arts, social studies, and fine arts.

More than 5,000 students have participated in the game show since its inception.

New Hampshire Public Television has received an overwhelming positive response since announcing the shows return, said Grace Lessner, director of communications for New Hampshire Public Television, adding the station is grateful for the support of Unitil and the Higher Education Assistance Foundation.

“It’s a sporting event for kids who are just sharp and it’s a little humbling,” she said. “There’s a lot of energy behind it.”

(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or kronayne@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at @kronayne.)

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