Ocracoke’s Charles Temple on
Wednesday, Nov. 2.
high school English teacher will play in the first round of the
“Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions on the show’s first night,
Wednesday, Nov. 2.
is reuniting 15 of its recent
champions for a head-to-head competition for a chance to win $250,000.
The 2011 Tournament of Champions will feature the show’s recent highest
money earners. Temple won the “Jeopardy!” Teachers Tournament in May.
competitors include Brian
Meacham, Film Preservationist, Anchorage, Alaska; Buddy Wright,
Operations Engineer, Fort Worth, Texas; Christopher Short, Editor of
Trivia Games, Crawfordsville, Ind.; Erin McLean, Junior at Boston
University, Danvers, Mass.; Jay Rhee, Oncologist, Annapolis, Md.; John
Krizel, Writer, Oceanside, N.Y.; Joon Pahk, Physics Teacher at Harvard
University, Somerville, Mass.; Justin Sausville, Urologist, Baltimore,
Md.; Kara Spak, Reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago, Ill.; Mark
Runsvold, Student and Waiter, Moscow, Idaho; Paul Kursky, Online
Marketing Producer, San Francisco, Calif.; Roger Craig, Computer
Scientist, Newark, Del.; Tom Kunzen, Geotechnical Engineer, Orlando,
Fla.; and Tom Nissley, Writer, Seattle, Wash.
place winner will earn a minimum of $100,000 and third place
$50,000. Semifinalists receive $10,000, and contestants
eliminated in the first round receive $5,000.
1985, more than 300 contestants have competed in the tournament, with
nearly $5.4 million in cash prizes awarded to the participating
players. The featured champs for the upcoming 2011 Tournament of
Champions have accumulated more than $1.9 million in cash prizes in
their initial appearances on the show.
first round is Wednesday through Friday and Monday and Tuesday -- Nov.
2, 3, 4, 7 and 8. The semi-finals are Wednesday through Friday, Nov.
9-11, and the finals are Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 14 and 15.
Temple wins his first round, he will go on to play in the semi-finals.
were filmed in September in Los Angeles, but Temple is contractually
bound not to reveal the outcome of the tournament, nor could he say how
many of the 10 total games he played in.
Ocracoke, Gaffer’s Sport Pub will host a party to watch Temple play on