Update: Trevor Crowell advanced on Tuesday night's episode of "Jeopardy!"
His earnings from that episode totaled $15,500.
The Final Jeopardy topic was, appropriately, "Teachers." The clue: “As a teenager, this woman regained her sight thanks to two surgeries in 1881 and 1882.”
Crowell got the question wrong, writing in "Who is Helen Keller?" The correct answer was Anne Sullivan, Keller's teacher. But Crowell only wagered $100 on the question, leaving him with a high enough total to defeat his competitors.
Crowell will appear on the show next week in the semifinal round.
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Trevor Crowell will have a lot of questions tonight.
The California man, who grew up in Omaha, will have to correctly answer in the form of a question on tonight's episode of "Jeopardy!" if he wants to win the game show's teachers tournament.
Crowell will compete on the show at 6 p.m. on WOWT.
Crowell grew up in Omaha and graduated from Creighton Prep in 2008. He currently lives in Mountain View, California, and teaches Spanish at a Palo Alto high school.
His family still lives in Omaha, and they're holding a watch party tonight. Crowell said he and his girlfriend Heidi will be watching from their California apartment tonight. "Some friends and work colleagues are coming over to watch," he said. "Should be fun!”
Crowell's episode was taped last month. Crowell told The Paly Voice newspaper that he took an online tryout test and auditioned before landing a spot on the quiz show. Then he studied some trivia topics that often come up on "Jeopardy!."
Then came the taping.
“I went into the taping with the attitude that it was going to be a fun experience — any wins or take-home money would be icing on top,” Crowell told The World-Herald.
The teachers tournament on "Jeopardy!" features 15 teachers from across the U.S. Crowell competes tonight in the second quarterfinal match.
Crowell will not face off against James Holzhauer, the current "Jeopardy!" champion who has won more than 20 straight episodes as he earned more than $1.5 million. The regular version of "Jeopardy!" is on hold until the teachers tournament is finished on May 17.
On tonight's episode, Crowell will face Tara Baxter, a high school English teacher, and Matthew Bunch, a middle school civics teacher.
The winner of the teachers tournament typically takes home a large prize — in past years it was $100,000 — in addition to their other winnings and earns a spot in the "Jeopardy!" tournament of champions later in the year.