Local teacher faces 'Jeopardy'

Mountain View resident Trevor Crowell, a Palo Alto High School teacher, competes in TV quiz show's Teachers Tournament

Typically Trevor Crowell asks the questions, but on Tuesday, May 7, he will attempt to answer them as a contestant on TV game show "Jeopardy" in the Teachers Tournament.

Crowell, a Palo Alto High School Spanish teacher and Mountain View resident, graduated from University of California at San Diego and moved to the Bay Area.

A longtime fan of the show, he completed the online "Jeopardy" test for fun, and was surprised to learn that he passed and was invited to participate an in-person audition last July. He is one of 15 teachers selected for the tournament, who are competing for $100,000 in prize money.

In order to prepare, Crowell studied the subjects he doesn't teach, like geography, history, literature, and the arts. The trick, Crowell said, is to treat the game like a test, using logic and pattern recognition to identify answers.

The Palo Alto High School community is excited to see him on screen, though many of his students didn't know what "Jeopardy" was until he told them he would appear on the show, Crowell said.

Crowell said that his main goal heading into the competition was "not throw up on Alex Trebek." The show airs Tuesday at 7 p.m. on ABC.

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