Updated: Jeopardy Episode Aired Showing Somerset Man Winning $100,000 Teachers’ Tournament

Update 2: Sterlacci won the $100,000 tournament in the episode which aired May 13. The win qualifies him for the program’s Tournament of Champions.

Update: The episode airing May 11 showed Sterlacci made it to the final round.

Original story: A Somerset resident who teaches in Union made it through the quarterfinals in Jeopardy’s 2016 Teachers’ Tournament.

Jason Sterlacci, an English teacher at Burnet Middle School, will next be seen in the semifinals in the $100,000 tournament, sponsored by Farmer’s Insurance.

The two-week tournament, episodes of which began airing May 2, was pre-recorded and contestants are not permitted to say how they fared.

Airing of the quarterfinals episodes wraps up on May 6. In addition to winning the money, the teacher champion receives an invitation to the popular game show’s Tournament of Champions.

According to the program’s web site, 15 teachers from around the country entered the competition.

Each contestant was awarded a $2,500 grant by Farmers, as part of its “Thank America’s Teachers” program, to use in a classroom project.

In a video on the tournament’s web site, Sterlacci said he would use his grant to help his students with a publishing project.

“We have a couple creative writers, and there’s not enough opportunity for them to express themselves,” he said in the video.


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