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Posted on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 2:29 p.m.

Milan's Stephanie Jass to appear on 'Jeopardy!' Tournament of Champions

By Bob Needham


Stephanie Jass with Alex Trebek

photo courtesy of Jeopardy Productions

Following a record-setting run on "Jeopardy!," Milan resident Stephanie Jass will return to the show as part of its next Tournament of Champions.

Jass will be one of 15 former winners of the syndicated TV game show who will return and compete for a $250,000 grand prize, the program announced Wednesday. In October, Jass, a history professor at Adrian College, become the first woman to win seven straight competitions, earning almost $150,000 in the process.

The Tournament of Champions will take place over two weeks starting Feb. 13.

“Aside from the prestige and high stakes inherent to the Tournament of Champions, the sense of familiarity with the contestants is what makes this event unique among our various tournaments,” said "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek in a news release. “It’s a welcome opportunity for me to catch up with returning players, a treat for our viewers to see their favorites return to the stage, and a challenge for the contestants, some of whom have watched their competitors’ shows and know what they’re up against.”

Jass was pretty much a lock to be invited to the Tournament of Champions, which features the contestants who won the most matches since the previous tournament (November 2011). Winners of two teachers tournaments and a college tournament also get automatic berths.

The rest of the Tournament of Champions field:
• Colby Burnett, a high school World History teacher from Chicago, Ill., $100,000 (teacher tournament winner)
• David Gard, a retail horticulturist from Jamaica Plain, Mass., $84,700
• 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 (teacher tournament winner)
• Jason Shore, a medical student from Plano, Tex., $85,200
• Monica Thieu, a psychology student from Dallas, Tex., $100,000 (college tournament winner)
• Keith Whitener, a research chemist from Charlotte, N.C., $147,597

Locally, "Jeopardy!" airs at 7:30 p.m. weeknights on WDIV-TV, channel 4 in Detroit.

• Check out past coverage of Stephanie Jass' run on "Jeopardy!"

Bob Needham is director of entertainment content for Reach him at or 734-623-2541, and follow him on Twitter @bobneedham.


Macabre Sunset

Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 9:17 p.m.

I think she's a lot stronger than Kristin. The big names here - David Menchaca, Jason Keller, Dan McShane, Keith Whitener. Stephanie belongs on that short list, too. Anyway... good luck, Dr. J. They could very well be taping the tournament right this minute.

Ben Freed

Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 7:50 p.m.

She's got some stiff competition there. Kristin has been very impressive over the past few nights.