One certainly doesn’t need a geographical connection to a “Jeopardy!” contestant to be entertained by the popular quiz competition.
Whether the players are from five or 500 miles away is no matter. Audiences have tuned in for decades to gleefully shout out mostly wrong answers as if their lives depended on it, and that doesn’t seem to be changing any time soon.
That being said, it’s still thrilling when legendary host Alex Trebek introduces a contender from your city. Just like that, you’ve got someone to pull for, and the stakes are suddenly higher.
Over the years, metro Atlantans have represented our fair city many times. Winning area contestants have included interesting people such as a high school dropout, an MIT college student and a young archivist.
This week, Tracey Hollabaugh — a math and science teacher at South Forsyth Middle School who lives in Cumming — will test her knowledge on the show.
In the meantime, take a look back at how some locals have fared on the show:
• March 2018: Lane Flynn, chairman of the DeKalb County GOP, won more than $19,000 over two episodes for a total of $38,399. The two-day ‘Jeopardy!’ champion returned to finish in second place.
Lane Flynn becomes a two-day champion:
• January 2018: Lindsay Resnick, a 26-year-old Atlanta archivist, won $10,001. The one-day champion, who grew up in Long Island and moved to Roswell at age 14, returned to finish in third place.
Lindsay Resnick on “The Jeopardy! Fan” recap:
• April 2017: Kimberley Bond, a writer and stay-at-home mom from Cumming, competed on the quiz competition. Bond, who has a degree in molecular biology and practiced patent law for several years, finished in second place.
• February 2017: Lilly Chin, a Westminster grad from Decatur, won $100,000 in the 2017 Jeopardy College Tournament of Champions. Later that year she competed on the Tournament of Champions, finishing in third place during a semifinal.
2017 College Championship: Road to the finals and Lilly's winning moment:
Watch Ken’s episode here.