JP's Gard in 'Jeopardy!' Tourney of Champions

The Jamaica Plain resident won $84,700 on "Jeopardy!" last March.

David Gard will once again compete on “Jeopardy!” this time against the major players.

The retail horticulturalist from Jamaica Plain will compete in the “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions beginning Feb. 13.

He’ll compete against 14 winners for a grand prize of $250,000 in the two-week championship tournament.

The field is made up of players who won the most games since the last Tournament of Champions in November 2011.

In addition to the top-scoring multi-game winners, two teachers tournament winners and one college champion earned automatic berths by winning their respective specialty tournaments, according to a “Jeopardy!” press release.

Gard is the latest Jamaica Plain resident to compete on the quiz show. Helen Hoffstetter of JP competed in 2011.

The rest of the contestant field and their previous winnings are as follows: 

  • *Colby Burnett, a high school World History teacher from Chicago, Ill., $100,000
  • Stephanie Jass, a history professor from Milan, Mich., $147,570
  • Jason Keller, a tutor from Highland Park, N.J., $213,900
  • Dave Leach, a game merchant from Atlanta, Ga., $98,054
  • Dan McShane, a bartender from West Islip, N.Y., $62,001
  • David Menchaca, a law student from Long Beach, Calif., $115,503
  • Kristin Morgan, a NASA strategic analyst from Huntsville, Ala., $69,098
  • Paul Nelson, a senate staff aide for Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) from Iowa City, Iowa, $54,900
  • Joel Pool, a real estate developer from Oakland, Calif., $116,800
  • Ashok Poozhikunnel, an underwriter from Wheaton, Ill., $69,002
  • *Patrick Quinn, a high school German teacher from Chesterfield, Mo., $100,000
  • Jason Shore, a medical student from Plano, Tex., $85,200
  • **Monica Thieu, a psychology student from Dallas, Tex., $100,000
  • Keith Whitener, a research chemist from Charlotte, N.C., $147,597

The show airs at 7:30 p.m. on weekdays on WBZ-TV, which is channels 4 or 804 on Comcast cable in JP. The "Tournament of Champions" begins Feb. 13.

Rhea Becker January 17, 2013 at 01:34 PM
How cool! I wonder if he participates in any of the local barroom trivia games???


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