Jeopardy teaches audience $1 or $4 about SPA teachers

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Elle Chen

The judges, senior Sydney Therien and junior Gavin Kimmel and contestants, Ninth grader Tenzin Bawa, sophomore Ellie Dawson-Moore, junior Noel Abraham, and senior Henrik Schleisman laugh hysterically at an answer to one of the jeopardy questions.

Elle Chen, RubicOnline

Student Activities Committee held its first Upper School Jeopardy game during advisory Feb. 5. The judges, senior Sydney Therien and junior Gavin Kimmel took charge as the contestants — ninth-grader Tenzin Bawa, sophomore Ellie Dawson-Moore, junior Noel Abraham, and senior Henrik Schleisman — battled out in intense rounds. The questions up for grabs were in the sections Let “IT” Snow, snowcabulary, SPA’s Red Carpet, Sauce, and So You Think You Know Your Teachers.

I thought it was very interesting to watch all the different grade levels compete. I would definitely watch it again.”

— Sophomore Boden Strafelda

Like a traditional Jeopardy game, within every section, there were questions worth different values, ranging from $100 to $500. Additionally, the game is about speed; although there were some technical difficulties, the contestant that pressed their buzzer got a chance to answer first. In between the technical difficulties while judges were fixing issues, there were also some Q&A sessions were the audience, students and advisories asked silly questions to the contestants in which they could choose to answer or ignore.

Sophmore Boden Strafelda, an audience member, said, “I thought it was very interesting to watch all the different grade levels compete. I would definitely watch it again.”

At the end of the game, the judges created an all or nothing question: which teacher has been at SPA for the longest? If you didn’t know, the correct answer was US math teacher Jim McVeety, who’s worked here for a whopping thirty-nine years. Coming down to a close tie, the final winner was Schleisman who took the lead with $2404, just one dollar more than runner up Abraham. Third place went to Bawa at $1600 and fourth to Dawson-Moore at $100. Abraham, upset by his loss, blamed it on his last bet- he only betted $3 while Schleisman bet a dollar more than him.

Dawson-Moore said, “I did the Jeopardy game because Gavin needed a sophomore to participate… and I thought it would be fun… and it was.”