Manchester Central Defeats Portsmouth Christian Adademy

Granite State Challenge - Round One

Can you name the Sesame Street character who collects paper clips and bottle caps and has a pet pigeon named Bernice? None of the players for Manchester Central High or Portsmouth Christian Academy could come up with the correct answer for that question in the fourth Round One game of Granite State Challenge.

Manchester Central took an early lead in the game and held on to it to the end, beating Portsmouth Christian Academy by a final score of 620 to 290.

Playing for the Manchester Central Little Green were Kellan Barbee, Karishma Manchanda, Max Nakos, team captain Tamsin Weissberg and alternates Jonas Weissberg and Eamonn Ryan. The team is coached by Lorraine Meyette.

The Portsmouth Christian Academy Eagles were represented by captain Emilee Larose, Maggie Joyce, Nick Watson, Hannah Abraham and alternates Maeve Joyce and Hannah Pellerin. The team is coached by Rebekah Shoemaker and Ray Gamble.

Manchester Central now goes on to face Souhegan High in a quarterfinal match airing on April 6 @ 6 pm on NHPBS.

You can follow your favorite team, view games online and try your hand at online Granite State Challenge quizzes at

That Sesame Street character the teams had trouble identifying - it was Ernie's roommate Bert! Bert, who has never been known as Mr. Excitement, also enjoys cooking oatmeal and his favorite number is six.

Granite State Challenge features New Hampshire's top high school academic quiz teams as they demonstrate remarkable teamwork, quick thinking and smarts to beat the clock and buzz in first on this iconic New Hampshire game show. The game emphasizes quick recall of math, science, social studies, language arts, and fine arts facts—along with questions about current events, entertainment, sports and New Hampshire.

Granite State Challenge is funded by lead sponsor Unitil; with additional funding from NEA New Hampshire, Heinemann Publishing, New Hampshire Lottery, D.F. Richard Energy, HRCU,  Measured Progress, The NHHEAF Network Organization, Safety Insurance  and Super Sunday partner, Manchester Community College.

About New Hampshire PBS: New Hampshire PBS inspires one million Granite Staters each month with engaging and trusted local and national programs and services on-air, online, via mobile, in classrooms and in communities. Beyond its award-winning television programs, New Hampshire PBS is a leader in education and community engagement.

Phone (603) 868-1100  •  Fax (603) 868-7552


Pressroom Contact

Carla Gordon Russell
Director of Communications
(603) 868-4339

Station Management

Peter A. Frid
President & CEO

Dawn DeAngelis
Vice President & Chief Content Officer