Warhill teacher ousted in 'Jeopardy!' semifinal

 Warhill High School English and creative writing teacher Nicole Throckmorton totaled $18,800 but was eliminated from the Teachers Tournament during the “Jeopardy!” semifinal that was shown Monday across the nation.

Competing in a three-player game in a pre-recorded program from DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., she was in second place behind Peter Buchholz of Minnesota after the first round. In Double Jeopardy, Throckmorton fell to third place and Buchholz to second as eventual winner Kaberi Chakrabarty of Illinois took the lead.

In Final Jeopardy, all three contestants correctly responded “G.I. Bill” to a clue presented by Jill Biden, Vice President Joe Biden’s wife. Throckmorton doubled her $9,400 total by betting it all but still finished third.

In her first game, which was held at the show’s usual studio in Los Angeles, Throckmorton missed the Final Jeopardy clue but advanced as one of the four non-winners who posted the top totals among the five games shown last week.

Like the other 14 Teachers Tournament contestants, Throckmorton received a $2,500 grant from Farmers Insurance. She said she’ll use it to buy a classroom set of Kindles for her students in creative writing.

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