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Ocracoke Teacher Competes In Jeopardy! Tournament

The hometown Jeopardy hero was back it Wednesday night. Ocracoke teacher Charles Temple returned to the game show in the Tournament of Champions.

Temple won the first ever Teacher Tournament earlier this year on the television show, but he did not fare as well in the Tournament of Champions. His results Wednesday night did not qualify him to the quarterfinals.

However, WITN is still very proud of Temple's effort! Consider this -- one of his fellow contestants in the tournament quit his day job to study full-time.


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It was an exciting finish to the first ever Jeopardy Teacher Tournament as Ocracoke teacher Charles Temple won.

Temple made it to the finals by winning his first match last week and then winning Wednesday night's semi-final match. He was in second place following the first night of the finals.

Temple took home $100,000 in winnings.

Temple is an English teacher at the only school on Ocracoke in Hyde County. The school has 150 students in pre-k through 12th grade.

Friday night was the school's prom. Temple told us after dinner all the students got into a bus to go and watch the finals before heading back to the prom.

The program was actually taped about a month ago and Temple has had to keep it a secret since then. He says he and his girlfriend had a fun time doing that and keeping people guessing.

Temple says there is plenty of excitement on the island following his win.


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Ocracoke English teacher Charles Temple continued his winning ways on Jeopardy Wednesday night.

Temple won the semi-final round of the teacher tournament with $24,001, one-thousand dollars better than the runner-up.

Temple will now be on the two day finals starting Thursday.

You can watch Temple on WITN, starting at 7:30 p.m.


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After watching their teacher win on jeopardy Thursday night, some students got a chance to pick up the buzzers themselves Friday.

Charles Temple is a teacher at the Ocracoke School in Hyde county. He's a contestant on the first ever Jeopardy Teachers Tournament. After winning Thursday night, he has made it to the semifinals. Friday Jeopardy clue crew member Kelly Miyahara presented the school with classroom Jeopardy- giving them a chance to test their quiz show knowledge. The Ocracoke School only has about 150 students K-12.

The school will get to keep the Jeopardy game. As for their teacher, Charles Temple will be on TV next Wednesday for the semifinals.You can watch it on WITN at 7:30 p.m.


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Charles Temple, a teacher at Ocracoke School in Hyde County appeared on Jeopardy Thursday night, on WITN and won his first round to become a semifinalist in the first ever Teachers Tournament.

There was a viewing party at Gaffer's Sports Pub on Ocracoke, and Temple was there.

Jeopardy host Alex Trebek says it makes sense for the show to put teachers like Temple in the spotlight.

"When you think about it, without good teachers, we wouldn't have a great many of our Super Jeopardy! players because they learn from these great teachers. So we wanted to honor them if you will," said Trebek.

"This is something I've been thinking about for years. I always figured if I could make it on- I think most people think if they could get on they'd do great. I hope that's true, but it's something I've been hoping to do for a long time," said Temple.

Thursday night's episode was actually taped last month, so Temple has spent weeks knowing he won, but couldn't tell his students, family, or friends.


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