Edison English teacher Mead competes on “Jeopardy!”

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Edison English teacher Maresha Mead will compete on the current season of the popular quiz show “Jeopardy!” The episode in which Mead will appear was taped in December and will air April 6. 

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Jeopardy is the oldest game show on television. It first aired in 1964.

Contestants for “Jeopardy!” go through an application and interview process. The process  includes taking a general knowledge test online. Mead said that she had to do well on the test in order to be added to a long list of names for potential callbacks. She was called back to Atlanta, Georgia and was required to take another test and practice answering questions with the buzzer. After the second round of testing, Mead was added to another list, and eventually she was accepted to compete on the show.

While Mead may have had a long audition process, she has been preparing for even longer. She said, “I was captain of my school’s Quiz Bowl team my senior year in high school. That year we went to states.” Additionally, she regularly attends pub quiz events with her fellow English teacher Alison Douglass and does trivia for fun in her spare time.

For the competition, Mead traveled to Los Angeles for the actual taping of the show. Mead said she had little interaction with the host, Alex Trebek. She said that what the audience sees is essentially the extent of competitors’ dealings with Trebek. However, during the commercial breaks the audience gets a chance to ask Trebek questions. Mead said that she thoroughly enjoyed that part of the taping which the audience at home never gets to see.

During the taping Trebek addressed a group of seventh grade students in the audience and said  that the most valuable thing that they could develop was a love for learning and curiosity about the world, Mead said.

Because of restrictions on what contestants may reveal about episodes yet to air, Mead was unable to specify whether she won the game and if she will be appearing again on the show.

 

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