Paly teacher’s run on ‘Jeopardy!’ ends

At right is Trevor Crowell, a Palo Alto High School teacher, who appeared on "Jeopardy!"

Daily Post Staff Writer

Palo Alto High School teacher Trevor Crowell came in third place on last night’s (May 13) semifinal round of the Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament, which means he won’t be advancing to the finals for a shot at the $100,000 prize.

The first-year Spanish teacher finished the game with just $100 after betting $10,500 on a Final Jeopardy! question that stumped all three contestants: “John and Priscilla Alden lie in the U.S.A.’s largest maintained cemetery, which like a poem about the couple, is named for this person.”

Joe Rengstorf, a special education teacher from Poulsbo, Wash., incorrectly guessed Edgar Allen Poe. Crowell guessed “Arlington.”

The winner of the game, Lanham, Md., instrumental music teacher Sara DelVillano, incorrectly guessed “Mary.”

The answer all three were looking for was Myles Standish.

Capt. Myles Standish, John Alden and Priscilla Mullins Alden were all passengers on the Mayflower and notable members of the Plymouth Colony.

Last night’s game was the sixth episode of the tournament, which brought together 15 teachers from across the country to compete for $100,000.

Though he was eliminated from the top nine last night, Crowell spent some of the game in the lead.

And at one point, he won $800 by correctly responding to the following: “John Steinbeck studied marine biology at this private California school on and off 1919-1925, but never got a degree.”

Crowell said: “What is Stanford?”


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