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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  • by hk. on May 31, 2011 at 04:28 PM
    @ sam and dave. how in the world do you start talking about 300 inch tv's or anything like that? this shouldn't be about your ignorance. it has nothing to do with the topic at all. so why don't you take your comments somewhere else if all you're going to use this site for is to run each other down? congrats to mr. temple!
  • by connie Location: salvo nc on May 17, 2011 at 09:39 AM
    way to go i watched you every night you were on you are a very smart one .great job congrats and best wishes
  • by Anonymous on May 14, 2011 at 09:02 PM
    Shake mr head??? Are you really allowed to say that on here???
  • by Emily on May 14, 2011 at 01:10 PM
    wow! what a good example Mr. Charles Temple was to win the first Jeopardy Teachers Tournament as a teacher from Ocracoke School which is supported by HYDE COUNTY great job Mr. Temple!
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      by Anonymous on Nov 3, 2011 at 04:34 AM in reply to Emily
      A more correct statement is, Ocracoke supports Hyde County.
  • by Heidi Location: Winterville on May 14, 2011 at 10:57 AM
    I think that's awesome, but HOW could he have missed the Pepsi question???!!! It was made right here in NC, in New Bern!
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      by Anonymous on May 14, 2011 at 06:12 PM in reply to Heidi
      It's simple, nobody cares about Pepsi or New Bern.
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        by Heidi on May 15, 2011 at 05:08 AM in reply to
        Bless your heart!
  • by Susan Location: Hyde on May 14, 2011 at 10:28 AM
    Good job Charles Temple. Wish all our teachers could hold a candle with you.U did a great job. Our students are lucky to have YOU in front of them, Maybe you will get TEACHER OF THE YEAR !!!
  • by Becky Location: New Bern on May 14, 2011 at 08:29 AM
    Which college/univ can claim Charles as a grad?
  • by WB Location: Winterville on May 14, 2011 at 07:42 AM
    Great Job, Charles Temple.
  • by Frances on May 14, 2011 at 04:52 AM
    That was awsome to watch. Great job Mr. Temple.
  • by granny Location: greenville on May 14, 2011 at 04:30 AM
    This man did an awsome job, all around brilliant, congrats to him . He representd our state well.

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