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Bethlehem Central High School Wins Hudson Valley Community College\'s 11th Annual Viking Challenge

CONTACT: Jason McCord (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-7180
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, March 20, 2007

For the first time, students from Bethlehem Central High School took away the top prize at Hudson Valley Community College's 11th Annual Viking Challenge in Trivial Pursuit.

Students Stefan Weijola, Michael Ernst and Justin Finkle 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 won a computer and printer for their school.

Colonie High School, represented by Sean Lee, Elizabeth Cardella and Ellyn Fyan, earned second place in the competition and Tamarac High School, represented by Kevin Gifford, Karen Riddell and Brianna Conrad, finished third. Students from all three teams won scientific calculators, Trivial Pursuit CD-ROM editions, Microsoft Encarta reference libraries and other prizes.

A record-number 19 teams from high schools around the region competed in the event, held Wednesday, March 14, in Hudson Valley's Bulmer Telecommunications Center meeting rooms.

The following schools also participated: Academy of the Holy Names, Berlin High School, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, Clayton A. Bouton (Voorheesville) High School, Cobleskill-Richmondville High School, Hoosick Falls High School, Lansingburgh High School, La Salle Institute, New Lebanon High School, North Warren High School, Rensselaer High School, Schuylerville High School, Scotia-Glenville High School, Shenendehowa High School, South Colonie High School, Troy High School and Watervliet 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 Hudson Valley Community College 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 70 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.

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