'JEOPARDY!' RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDING EDUCATORS
IN ITS FIRST-EVER TEACHERS TOURNAMENT
Episodes to air May 2-13
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CULVER CITY, CALIF. (April 26, 2011)-- Remember a teacher who made an impact in your life? Beginning May 2, "Jeopardy!" will put a national spotlight on the importance and impact of educators by hosting its first-ever Teachers Tournament. This is the first new competition to be introduced on the quiz show since the debut of Kids Week in 1999.
"Educators play such an important role in guiding and inspiring our young people to reach their full potential," said "Jeopardy!" Executive Producer Harry Friedman. "We thought it was time to honor teachers with their own tournament."
The two-week tournament will feature 15 of the nation's brightest K-12 teachers. The winner will receive $100,000 and a guaranteed spot in the "Jeopardy!" Tournament of Champions airing later this year.
The following teachers will compete:
|Grafton Brown||Corliss High School||Chicago, Ill.|
|Catherine Carson||St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School||Washington, D.C.|
|Kathy Casavant||Oxford High School||Oxford, Mass.|
|Dan Crosby||Maimonides Academy||Santa Monica, Calif.|
|Larry DeMoss||Edgewood High School||Ellettsville, Ind.|
|Judd Hess||Godinez Fundamental High School||Huntington Beach, Calif.|
|Lori Kissell||Liberty High School||Fredericksburg, Va.|
|Caitlin Millat||Achievement First Apollo Elementary School||Brooklyn, N.Y.|
|Matt Polazzo||Stuyvesant High School||Brooklyn, N.Y.|
|Elisabeth Raab||High School of the Future||Philadelphia, Pa.|
|Viki Radden||South High School||Bakersfield, Calif.|
|John Shoe||Logan School for Creative Learning||Lakewood, Colo.|
|Charles Temple||Ocracoke School||Ocracoke, N.C.|
|Charley Tinkham||Burlingame Intermediate School||San Bruno, Calif.|
|Sally Umbach||Newport Independent Schools||Cincinnati, Ohio|
The second place winner will earn a minimum of $50,000 and third place $25,000. Semifinalists receive $10,000, and contestants eliminated in the first round receive $5,000. In addition, each teacher will receive a Classroom "Jeopardy!" unit for their school courtesy of Educational Insights, maker of Classroom "Jeopardy!"
"Some of the best 'Jeopardy!' contestants are students, teachers and lawyers. We already have several tournaments for students, but we don't have anything for teachers," said "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek. "As for lawyers, well, we'll negotiate that later," he added jokingly.
"Jeopardy!," the winner of 28 Emmy awards since its debut in 1984, was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for the most awards won by a TV Game Show. The series is the #1-rated quiz show in syndication with nearly 9 million daily viewers. "Jeopardy!" is produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company. It is distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by CBS Television International, both units of CBS Corp.
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