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CULVER CITY, CALIF. (September 28, 2012) -- Fifteen of the country's brightest educators have been selected to compete in the upcoming Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament. The two-week tournament tapes Oct. 1 and 2 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City and will air November 7-20.
"Teachers play such an important role encouraging and motivating our students to reach their full potential," said Jeopardy! Executive Producer Harry Friedman. "This tournament gives them a chance to shine and reminds us how imperative good educators are in shaping the future of our children."
The winner of the competition will receive $100,000 and a guaranteed spot in the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions. 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!
The following teachers will compete in the tournament:
|Tina Baybay-Bykov||William R. Boone High School||Orlando, Fla.|
|Colby Burnett||Fenwick High School||Chicago, Ill.|
|Robin Cheney||Rancho Viejo Montessori School||Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.|
|Whitney Collins||The Browning School||New York, N.Y.|
|Marcia Edmundson||Prince George High School||Chesterfield, Va.|
|Michael Farabaugh||Monticello High School||Charlottesville, Va.|
|John Hines||Todd Beamer High School||Tacoma, Wash.|
|Drew Joanides||Miami Sunset Senior High School||Miami, Fla.|
|Francesca Leibowitz||Poly Prep Country Day School||Brooklyn, N.Y.|
|Brenton Montie||Centennial Middle School||South Lyon, Mich.|
|Diana North||Richmond Drive Elementary School||Rock Hill, S.C.|
|Christopher Pae||Berkmar High School||Suwanee, Ga.|
|Terry Parker||Westminster Christian School||Cutler Bay, Fla.|
|Marion Penning||Roland Park Country School||Baltimore , Md.|
|Kate Wilson||Loveless Academic Magnet Program H.S.||Montgomery, Ala.|
Jeopardy!, the winner of a 2012 Peabody Award and 30 Emmy Awards, including the 2012 Emmy for Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Program, 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 25 million viewers each week. 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.