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08.15.2019
Jeopardy! Panel at 2019 Trivia Nationals
Hans von Walter, Cliff Galiher and Alan Lin set the tone for the weekend!

Hans von Walter, Cliff Galiher and Alan Lin set the tone for the weekend!

Jason Sterlacci shows off a post-competition “I tried” consolation badge.

Jason Sterlacci shows off a post-competition “I tried” consolation badge.

Winner of the 1995 Tournament of Champions and author of “Secrets of the Buzzer,” Ryan “Fritz” Holznagel led a seminar at the conference. With him is five-time champ from 1991 India Cooper.

Winner of the 1995 Tournament of Champions and author of “Secrets of the Buzzer,” Ryan “Fritz” Holznagel led a seminar at the conference. With him is five-time champ from 1991 India Cooper.

Co-head writer Michele Loud and producer Maggie Speak gave advice and shared from their years of experience behind the scenes.

Co-head writer Michele Loud and producer Maggie Speak gave advice and shared from their years of experience behind the scenes.

The Jeopardy! Contestant Department (Corina Nusu, Lauri Janover and Maggie Speak) flanks panel moderator Leslie Shannon.

The Jeopardy! Contestant Department (Corina Nusu, Lauri Janover and Maggie Speak) flanks panel moderator Leslie Shannon.

Kristin and Justin Sausville sat on the panel as well.

Kristin and Justin Sausville sat on the panel as well.

All Jeopardy! alumni gather for a group photo after our panel.

All Jeopardy! alumni gather for a group photo after our panel.

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1996 College Champ Shane Whitlock with wife and event organizer Lee-Ann Whitlock.

Colby Burnett hams it up for the camera.

Colby Burnett hams it up for the camera.

Mark Dawson, Matt Jackson and Dan Melia represent three “decades” of Jeopardy! contestants.

Mark Dawson, Matt Jackson and Dan Melia represent three “decades” of Jeopardy! contestants.

Hans von Walter and Pam Mueller give Maggie some love.

Hans von Walter and Pam Mueller give Maggie some love.

The recent 2019 Trivia Nationals in Las Vegas was abuzz with Jeopardy! alumni and events, from a fan-led seminar on mastering the buzzer and a series of Jeopardy!-like competitions, all the way to an official on-site qualifying test and audition. Trivia enthusiasts from across the country had a brain-busting weekend!

 The highlight for us was the Jeopardy! panel, where longtime producer Maggie Speak and newly promoted co-head writer Michele Loud took the stage along with a few J! champs to offer advice and behind-the-scenes insight to prospective contestants. See the whole Q&A session here.