Local teacher gets out of 'Jeopardy' and into semifinals

Mountain View resident Trevor Crowell stages a comeback in TV quiz show's Teachers Tournament

Palo Alto High School Spanish teacher Trevor Crowell made a huge comeback on Tuesday's episode of the "Jeopardy!" Teachers Tournament.

The Mountain View resident had a rough start in the quarterfinals round when he quickly found himself in the red with negative $200 in a category that challenged the contestants to sort out anagrams. After a commercial break, he gained momentum by correctly answering questions under the "In the Principal's Desk" category, where the contestants were given clues to items typically confiscated from students.

Crowell shone the competition when he correctly answered all five questions about NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, the final category question being a video Daily Double where his $2,000 wager boosted him to $7,000.

In the second round, he showed off his knowledge about Central America, correctly identifying bananas and coffee as the region's most important fair trade crops in yet another Daily Double that raised his earnings to $11,200. Crowell showed off his chops in the classics category, where he secured his third Daily Double that asked for the book containing this Plato quote: "Democracy passes into despotism." (Answer: "The Republic.")

He incorrectly answered the Final Jeopardy question: "As a teacher, this woman regained her sight thanks to 2 surgeries in 1881 and 1882." Another competitor responded with the correct answer, Annie Sullivan, whereas Crowell wrote the name of Sullivan's well-known student Helen Keller. His $100 wager left him with $15,500 — enough to help his advance to next week's semifinals and a step closer to winning $100,000.

What is democracy worth to you?
Support local journalism.


There are no comments yet. Please share yours below.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Choose a category: *

Since this is the first comment on this story a new topic will also be started in Town Square! Please choose a category that best describes this story.

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Be the first to know

Get the latest headlines sent straight to your inbox every day.

What Would it Take to Get Tech Companies to Move Jobs Out of the Region and Is This a Good Idea?
By Steve Levy | 21 comments | 1,441 views

A Power Play
By Sherry Listgarten | 9 comments | 1,278 views

Palo Alto's Taverna to expand next door
By Elena Kadvany | 2 comments | 1,191 views

College Match
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 0 comments | 940 views

Premarital and Couples: Valentine's Day: Annually or Daily?
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 834 views


Best of Mountain View ballot is here

It's time to decide what local business is worthy of the title "Best Of Mountain View" — and you get to decide! Cast your ballot online. Voting ends May 27th. Stay tuned for the results in the July 19th issue of the Mountain View Voice.