Hanover High School Begins a Title Chase In TV Quiz Contest

Hanover High School’s Quiz Bowl teams have proven a formidable force in the nearly 30-year history of Granite State Challenge, the high school quiz show aired on New Hampshire Public Television. Over the last 20 years, the Marauders have won the title three times, and they’re off to a good start this season, having defeated Coe-Brown Northwood Academy in the Feb. 10 season premiere.

This year’s team, led by Hanover history teacher and longtime coach Bill Murphy, is comprised of Matt Jin, Niels Kuehlert, Siddhartha Jayanti, team captain Graham Reid and alternate Hannah Sobel. They’re one of 16 teams in the Granite State Challenge this year, down from the 48 that competed for a spot at Southern New Hampshire University in November.

In response to questions posed by Challenge host Jim Jeannotte, the team correctly identified Dick Cheney as the defense secretary under President George H.W. Bush, Market Basket as the New Hampshire and Massachusetts grocery chain owned by the DeMoulas family, and the comma as the “punctuation mark (that) should usually proceed a coordinate conjunction, if it separates two independent clauses.” In the end, Hanover beat Coe-Brown Northwood 305 to 160. The espisode is online at http://video.nhptv.org/video/2334559162/.

A Mascoma Valley Regional High School team also qualified for Granite State Challenge this year. Its opening round contest against Pinkerton Academy will be aired March 10 on NHPTV.


Tia Lambert of Charlestown, a senior at Elmira College, was recognized as one of 74 Honor Scholars at Elmira’s 2013 Cowles Honor Scholar celebration last month. Elmira Honor Scholars are seniors with a grade point average of 3.6 or higher.

∎ Four area students were among the 21 finalists in the annual State of the Union essay contest, sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Students wrote about what major issues they feel are facing the nation and their overall assessment of the “state of the union.” Damon Fulcher and Rachel Moore of South Royalton School, and Woodstock Union High School students Annie Arthur and Alexandra McFarland were finalists. All the finalists will participate in a March 9 roundtable with Sanders at South Burlington High School, where they will discuss the issues raised in their essays.

∎ The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Team at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden won the New Hampshire contest of the Real World Design Challenge competition, in which high school students were asked to design a small unmanned aircraft system for search and rescue purposes. Team members include Jon Butler, Paul Katzberger, Phillip Kessler, Annika Kim, Roger Liu, Diego Rossi and Chandler Song, and the team was coached by Tom Pasquini. Following a reception with New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan tomorrow, the KUA team will proceed to the national finals of the Real World Design Challenge in April.

Deans’ Lists

Note: Deans’ list announcements pertain to work completed in the fall 2013 term.

Castleton State College: Helen Bearse, Windsor; Rachael Bienvenu, Hartland; Samantha Bonasera, Chelsea; Julie Boyd, Woodstock; Caitlin Castellini, Hartland; Katelyn Curtis, Windsor; Stephanie Deyette, Randolph; Heidi Johnson, South Strafford; Sandra Jones, Randolph; Lucas McGovern, Norwich; Stephanie Perkins, Randolph; Matthew Rafus, Hartland; Brittany Rathburn, West Hartford; Patrick Riley, South Strafford; Zachary Smith, White River Junction; Linda Werner, South Royalton; and Sarah Wyatt, West Newbury.

∎ College of Saint Rose: Ryan McPherson, Charlestown.

∎ Hartwick College: Andrew Schwarz, Lebanon.

∎ James Madison University: Timothy Adams, Meriden; and Riley Green, Enfield.

∎ McDaniel College: David E. Danna, Hanover.

∎ Nazareth College: Emiline Pelletier, Randolph.

∎ Tufts University: Darcy Anderson, Norwich; Amanda Bronner, Lebanon; Emily Eickhoff, Hanover; Nicholas Kenyon, Norwich; and Allison Schwartz, Hanover.

∎ University of Hartford: Sam Bailey, Quechee; Ethan Dickinson, Enfield; Kenneth King, Enfield; Leah LeDrew, Charlestown; Evan Russell, Grantham; and Molly White, Claremont.

∎ University of Maine, Farmington: Molly Reed, Lebanon.

∎ University of Rhode Island: Christian Kottke, Lebanon; Jessica H. Fedorko, Wilder;
Michael A. Ricci, Woodstock; and Kelley C. Willis, Woodstock.

∎ Wake Forest University: Timothy Woodin, Randolph.

∎ Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Robyn Kennedy, Chelsea; and Christopher Tibbetts, Springfield, N.H.


Catherine Roberts of West Lebanon graduated from Ithaca College with a bachelor’s degree in music.

∎ At Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, Lauri Gallimore of Hanover and Victoria Owens of Ascutney received bachelor’s degrees in general studies, with a psychology specialization.

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