Students Mike Heise, Dan Wawrzyniak and Melanie Shank each earned a $500 Hudson Valley scholarship funded by the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation for their victory in the fast-paced, computerized trivia game based on the popular board game. They also took home a computer and printer for their school.
La Salle Institute, represented by Alexander Dean, Conor Noonan and David Seitz, earned second place in the competition and Clayton A. Bouton-Voorheesville High School, represented by Kevin Bub, Andrew Dubay and Stephen Kohler, finished third. Students from all three teams won scientific calculators, Trivial Pursuit CD-ROM editions, Microsoft Encarta reference libraries and other prizes.
A total of 16 academic teams from high schools around the region – a record number – competed in the event, held Wednesday in Hudson Valley’s Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium.
Other participating schools were: Academy of the Holy Names, Albany High School, Averill Park High School, Berlin High School, Cobleskill-Richmondville High School, Lansingburgh High School, New Lebanon High School, Schalmont High School, Schenectady High School, Schuylerville High School, South Colonie High School, Stillwater High School and Troy High School.
The Viking Challenge is organized each year by Hudson Valley’s Office of School Programs and Educational Outreach. The office oversees the College in the High School initiative, which helps hundreds of high school students each year jump-start their college careers by taking college-level courses in their high schools.
The Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable corporation formed in 1983 to philanthropically support the college\'s mission. Gifts to the Foundation from alumni, corporations and friends are used to enhance programs, facilities and scholarship opportunities at the college.
Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.