Su­san Jann ends Jeop­ardy! run a 3-time cham­pion

The Advance of Bucks County - - NEWTOWN AREA - By Cary Beavers

BRISTOi BOROrGH - Su­san gann will for­ever be not just a cham­pion, but a 3-time cham­pion. Specif­i­cally, she is a 3-time geop­ardy! cham­pion af­ter win­ning the hugely pop­u­lar quiz show three con­sec­u­tive times this week.

While win­ning the show three nights in a row was im­pres­sive, bring­ing home a to­tal of $56,200 isn’t bad ei­ther. Her run ended Thurs­day night in much the same way it be­gan Mon­day night, with her an­swer­ing the cinal geop­ardy ques­tion cor­rectly.

rn­like her first ap­pear­ance, when her an­swer and bet was enough to take down her two com­peti­tors, her cor­rect an­swer Thurs­day E“What is a vork­shire Ter­rier?”) was not enough to beat Mike Wal­lace, of Sun­ny­side, New vork, who also got it right. rl­ti­mately, gann’s $20,000 to­tal – which was her sec­ond-high­est to­tal of the week – fell more than $8,000 short of Wal­lace.

On Dec. 17, gann won her de­but match and $19,600. Tues­day proved to be her most prof­itable game as she brought home $22,000. On Dec. 18 she earned $11,800 and Dec. 19 she left with the $2,000 sec­ond-place prize.

The loss ended an im­pres­sive run for gann, whose life­long dream was to be on the pop­u­lar quiz show. She works for In­ter­na­tional SOS in Trevose and has al­ways en­joyed trivia. While a stu­dent at Coun­cil Rock she par­tic­i­pated in the Schol­ars Bowl. And she plays nuizo ev­ery week.

“I just have a lot of use­less trivia bounc­ing around in my head,” said gann, who gleans lot of her knowl­edge from read­ing. “But it paid off. I got to be on geop­ardy!” she said.

That’s an ac­com­plish­ment in it­self. Of the thou­sands who ap­ply an­nu­ally to be on the show, only a cou­ple of hun­dred make it on TV.

On a whim, gann took the on­line con­tes­tant’s test in ce­bru­ary 2011. About a month later, she re­ceived an email invit­ing her to a per­sonal au­di­tion and in April she trav­eled to New vork City, filled out some pa­per­work, par­tic­i­pated in an in­ter­view with a pro­ducer and took part in a mock game.

cinally, in Au­gust 2012, she re­ceived a call invit­ing her to be a con­tes­tant on the show. Of course, her an­swer was a re­sound­ing “ves!” She flew out to Cal­i­for­nia in early Septem­ber to par­tic­i­pate in the show’s tap­ing, en­joyed sunny South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, got to meet the show’s host, Alex Tre­bek, “which was kind of neat,” she said, and came home $56,200 richer.

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