Hopkinton High Meets Merrimack High

Granite State Challenge Semifinals

(DURHAM, April 24, 2023) - Hopkinton High meets Merrimack High in the first game in the semifinal round of Granite State Challenge.

Captain and junior Adam Richter, senior Hal Stokes, junior Colton Murphy, and junior Conrad Mollano are playing for Hopkinton High. The team alternates are freshmen Thomas Ashton and Fin Murphy. The team is coached by Matthew Krogman. Hopkinton High enrolls around 271 students.  Hopkinton defeated defending champion Portsmouth High and St. Thomas Aquinas High on their road to the semifinals.

Playing for Merrimack High is senior and team captain Jack Pikora. Jack is joined by seniors Rainier Murray, Aris Corman-O’Reilly, and Alli Pikora. The team alternates are juniors Kishan Sreenivasan, Trey Grant, and Liam Clark. Merrimack is coached by Sara Campbell and Sally Agel. Merrimack enrolls around 1,119 students. Merrimack High defeated John Stark and Souhegan High on their way to the semifinals.

The winning teams will move on to the semifinals where they will face the winner of the next semifinal game between Plymouth High and Trinity High airing on Thursday, May 7 @ 7:30 pm on NHPBS. 

Hosted by Bow High School teacher and former Granite State Challenge coach (Bedford High), contestant (Belmont High), and Granite State Challenge crew member, Jon Cannon, 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.

You can follow your favorite team, test your own knowledge with GRANITE STATE CHALLENGE online quizzes, and more at the GRANITE STATE CHALLENGE web page or try your hands at daily brainteasers on the GRANITE STATE CHALLENGE Facebook page.

GRANITE STATE CHALLENGE is funded by lead sponsor Unitil; with additional funding from NEA New Hampshire, Safety Insurance, The New Hampshire Lottery, D.F. Richard Energy, Cognia, and HRCU.

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