About Granite State Challenge

The Host

Jim Jeannotte has been the host of the Granite State Challenge since 1984, testing the quick recall of high school students from across the state. His easy manner and quick wit have eased the jitters of many a contestant, and earned him the respect and affection of generations of high school teams.

The Production

SUSAN ADAMS, PRODUCER
Susan is a former classroom teacher, news producer and instructional technology specialist. She is the manager of educational services at New Hampshire PBS, and oversees educational outreach activities around the state for students, educators and parents. She also manages the NHPTV Kids Writers Contest, Student Mock Election, and online educational resources.

As producer, Susan writes ALL the questions for Granite State Challenge. On any given day she can go from researching Etruscan art for a GSC question, to making googley-eyed puppets for a children’s craft activity. She says this is good, because she never really decided what she wanted to be when she grew up. We say you definitely want this woman on your Trivial Pursuit team.

The Judges

ANN BOULANGER has been affiliated with Granite State Challenge since 1989 when she wrote questions for the program. A 1966 graduate of Dover High School, Ann taught social studies at Portsmouth High School and Portsmouth Middle School and retired in 2006. Her hobbies include cooking (especially desserts!), gardening, reading and traveling. She hopes one day to travel to Antarctica!

JIM JOHNSTON has been a judge with GSC since the 2013 season. He has a master's degree in literacy education. Jim taught a variety of subjects at the middle and high school levels for 40 years. A resident of South Berwick, ME, he enjoys hiking, traveling, studying foreign languages, and being a tour guide for Historic New England.



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