Apr 122013
 Posted by on April 12, 2013

Hudson Valley Community College’s 17th annual Viking Challenge: A Game in Trivial Pursuit was held on Wednesday evening, April 10 with 12 local high schools sending teams:

Academy Of Holy Names
Catholic Central
Maple Hill
North Warren
South Colonie

The winners were: first place  – Maple Hill, second place – Troy, third place – South Colonie.

This was the first time in the history of the Viking Challenge that the same high school – Maple Hill – won twice in a row. The high school also took first place in 2012’s competition.

The Maple Hill team consisted of coach Kaitlin McGann and team members Will Noll (captain), Lauren Braithwaite and Alex Flood. Troy was coached by James Hoffmann and team members were Ethan Quinones (captain), Rafik Mekhaldi and Dan Tedesco.  South Colonie’s coach was Doug Rosenberg and the team members were Courtney Benoit (captain), Amanda Volk and Brendan Jeffers.

The first-place school received a Netbook donated by Lenovo and each of the winning team members received a $500 scholarship to attend Hudson Valley.

All members of the three winning teams also received scientific calculators donated by Vice President Jim LaGatta and each of the three winning teams received Encyclopedia Britannica Reference software donated by Mark Welcome of Interactive Solutions.

The Challenge format is based upon the rules of the Trivial Pursuit game. The schools send three-person teams which are comprised of high school students in grades 9-12. Each team has a designated student captain and a faculty coach. There are two elimination rounds and a final round. The order of play for each team is randomly determined based on a drawing before the event and teams have a minute to answer each question until they get a wedge or answer incorrectly. There are five categories for the game and once a team has won wedges for all five, they win the game, followed by second and third place.

There is a reception before the competition begins, and the students are treated to pizza and wings. Throughout the game, all students have the chance to win raffle prizes purchased through the Viking’s Cove Bookstore and donated by the Faculty Student Association.

The Office of School Programs wishes to acknowledge and thank all the following for supporting its annual event:
Vice President LaGatta for his continued support
Vice President Dr. Carolyn Curtis and the Office of Academic Affairs
Ann Carozza and the Faculty Student Association
Steve Stegman and the Viking’s Cove Bookstore staff
Scott Freedman and Kim Strosahl of Viking Video Technologies
Mara Lafebvre in the Events Office
Kara Rice and Chartwells
Anthony Salamone

Continued thanks to our Viking Committee:
Sue Agan
Chris Helwig
Scott Hathaway
Mark Petersen
Sandy Reizen
Jim Zubrick, Challenge Master