Warhill HS Teacher Loses ‘Jeopardy!’ Semifinal but Takes Home $10K

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Nicole Throckmorton (right) warms up for her semifinal match in the "Jeopardy!" Teachers Tournament at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of Jeopardy! Inc.)
Nicole Throckmorton (right) warms up for her semifinal match in the “Jeopardy!” Teachers Tournament at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy of Jeopardy!)

Warhill High School teacher Nicole Throckmorton answered the “Final Jeopardy!” question with ease during Monday night’s episode, but it was not enough to advance her to the finals in the “Jeopardy!” Teachers Tournament.

Throckmorton, an American literature and creative writing teacher, competed in Monday’s semifinal match-up after her earnings in the quarterfinal qualified her to play as a wild card.

The episode was filmed April 10 at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

Alex Trebek, the host of the question-and-answer game show, did not read the “Final Jeopardy!” question on legislation to the contestants. Rather, he gave the honor to Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden and an educator herself.

Jill Biden asked the contestants to name the post-9/11 version of legislation originally passed in 1944 that covered the cost of 36 months of university education. The answer – the GI Bill – came easily to all three contestants, but Throckmorton was the only one to bet all of her earnings on the response.

Her wager doubled her score, but after arriving at “Final Jeopardy!” in third place, Throckmorton’s total, $18,800, failed to surpass her opponents’, who each scored above $20,000 after “Final Jeopardy!”

Throckmorton did not go home empty handed. In an email to WYDaily after the episode aired, she wrote “Jeopardy!” awarded $10,000 to all the semifinalists who did not advance to the finals.

The tournament semifinals continue today and Wednesday. The finals will air Thursday and Friday.

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