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Tamarac High School Team Takes Home Honors in Hudson Valley Community College's Viking Challenge Photo Available

Contact: Eric Bryant, (518) 629-8071
For Release: Friday, April 15, 2011

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A team of four Tamarac High School students took home the top prize on Wednesday, April 13, at the Viking Challenge, an annual general knowledge contest for high school students sponsored by Hudson Valley Community College.

Tamarac team members were Andrew Lang, Kelly Smith, Dylan Jones and Evania Osepa. The team's advisor was Pat Villa. The championship team won a Netbook computer for its school. Each team member also received a scientific calculator, a copy of the Encyclopedia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite 2011 DVD-Rom, and a $500 scholarship to Hudson Valley Community College.

Finishing in second was the team from Lansingburgh High, which included Tom Patricelli and Nick Martiniano, advised by John Ravalli. Third place went to Watervliet High School, which was represented by students Robert Heffernan, Syed Hussnaun, Tyler Gregory and Jacqueline Torrisi, and advised by Yuriy Berin.

Eleven teams competed in this year's Viking Challenge, which is based on the computerized version of the board game Trivial Pursuit. Schools represented included: Academy of the Holy Names, Albany, Berlin, Maple Hill, Middleburgh, North Warren, Troy and Waterford-Halfmoon.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,500 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.