Warhill HS Teacher Loses ‘Jeopardy!’ But Could Qualify for Semifinals

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Warhill High School teacher Nicole Throckmorton (foreground) celebrates a correct answer from her appearance on "Jeopardy!" along with fellow teachers and students at the school May 3, 2016. (Kirsten Petersen/ WYDaily)
Warhill High School teacher Nicole Throckmorton (foreground) celebrates a correct answer from her appearance on “Jeopardy!” along with fellow teachers and students during a screening of the episode at the school May 3, 2016. (Kirsten Petersen/WYDaily)

Warhill High School teacher Nicole Throckmorton did not win her quarterfinal match in the “Jeopardy!” Teachers Tournament, but she hinted at a possible appearance in the semifinals after a screening of her episode Tuesday night.

Throckmorton, an American literature and creative writing teacher, had earned $10,000 on the nationally syndicated question-and-answer game show before responding to the “Final Jeopardy” prompt.

Contestants were asked to name the two memorials for events that “bookend” the United States’ involvement in World War II. While Throckmorton provided the names of the events, Pearl Harbor and the surrender of the Japanese, she did not offer the names – the USS Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri Memorial.

She lost the $5,000 she wagered on that answer but walked away with $5,000. She told screening attendees to “pay attention” to the tournament because contestants who have money at the end of each episode, even if they lose, may win a wild card spot in the semifinals.

The semifinals and finals will air next week on ABC 13. The winner of the championship will take home $100,000 and will be invited to compete in the “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions.

Nearly 100 students, parents, teachers and elected officials came out to the Warhill High School commons to see Throckmorton compete on “Jeopardy!” The audience cheered when Throckmorton answered a question correctly and laughed when the three contestants appeared stumped.

English teacher Katie Maclauchlan, who has worked with Throckmorton for six years, said it was amazing to see her “teaching grandmother” on the show.

“She knows the most obscure and interesting facts about every little thing,” Maclauchlan said. “It’s really neat to see her do all this.”

Ashleigh Wyatt, one of Throckmorton’s American Literature students, said it was exciting to see her teacher on television.

“It’s kind of like watching her as if she were teaching a class because that’s how she is in class,” Wyatt said.

Throckmorton thanked community members for attending the screening and fellow staff members for organizing the event.

“I just appreciate how sweet everyone has been and it’s been a pleasure to represent our school and community,” she said.

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