Long Beach’s Tincher Prep School sets the Stage for Jeopardy • Long Beach Post

6th Grade w Bob Bergen

Photos courtesy of Tincher Prep School. 


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Contestants will take the stage at Tincher Preparatory School’s auditorium Friday morning to test their brain power during the fourth-annual Jeopardy Championship Day—one of seven Jeopardy competitions to take place at different schools district-wide. The winner of the event will go home with two round-trip tickets, courtesy of JetBlue, the school announced this week. 

According to event coordinators, middle schoolers will answer questions covering topics from their various textbooks as well as more generic questions about their teachers and Long Beach. The auditorium stage will be decked-out in traditional Jeopardy fashion, including an 80-inch screen and lightening fast podiums.

“It just looks so nice, it’s not one of those fly-by type of things,” Jim Birge, coordinator of the event said. “…You’ve got such bright kids that make it this far.”

Student contestants were chosen based on their score of a 40 question fill-in-the-blank test. From there, the top 18 students from each grade level were chosen and played each other in semi-final rounds. The top three of each grade will compete against each other Friday to name a grade winner.

The grade winner will then face off against the other Tincher grade winners to be crowned the Tincher Jeopardy champion and walk away with the JetBlue tickets.

Lily Bryson  Edwin

On June 11, all middle school champions will compete in the Tournament of Champions for the chance to snatch another four JetBlue tickets. The two semi-finalists will also receive an additional two JetBlue tickets.

Tincher’s event will be hosted by State Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell. In the past, the event has been hosted by numerous Jeopardy Hall-of-Famers like Brad Rutter and Nancy Zurg.

Each game will last about 30 to 40 minutes.

Friday’s event schedule is as follows:

  • 9:10am | Sixth Grade Championship Game
  • 11:05am | Seventh Grade Championship Game
  • 12:40pm |  Eighth Grade Championship Game
  • 2:30pm | School Championship Game

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