The academic team from Staples High School in Westport, which won its first round of competition on the "The Challenge," a "Jeopardy"-style quiz show on the MSG Varsity cable station, will take on the team from the Academy of Information, Technology & Engineering in Stamford, in a program to be broadcast March 29.

The program will be shown at 5:30 p.m. on Cablevision's Channel 14, the channel for MSG Varsity.

Jared Cotter, a former FUSE-TV host and "American Idol" contestant, is the moderator of "The Challenge," quizzing competing high school teams on their knowledge of history, arts and literature, current events, math, and science. The teams compete before a live audience.

Members of the Staples team are Gabriel Block, Joshua Greenberg, Petey Menz (team captain), Rachel Myers and Matthew Silver. The academic advisors are Jim Goodrich and Julia McNamee.

Schools from the Tri-State region advance in the tournament through a series of elimination rounds. After months of competition, one school in each region is crowned regional champion, winning $2,500. The top teams from each region go on to "The Challenge Championship," where the overall champion that emerges will receive $10,000 in prize money. Each student participating in the final championship game also will receive $500.