June 30, 2011

Colby College student a two-time champ on 'Jeopardy!'

WATERVILLE -- "Who is Adam F. Marshall?"

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WINNER: Colby College student Adam Marshall became a two-time champion on the TV game show 'Jeopardy!' Tuesday night. He will be a senior this fall and is from Bethesda, Md.

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Up until Wednesday night, that was the correct answer, phrased in the form of a question, to: "The Colby College senior who is the current 'Jeopardy!' champion."

On Monday, Marshall, a government major from Bethesda, Md., upended five-time champ Jay Rhee, an oncologist from Annapolis, Md., and Dan Carroll, a project manager from Marietta, Ga., on the Emmy Award-winning television show.

All three wrote the correct Final Jeopardy answer "What is Texas Hold 'Em?" in response to "In 2007 Robstown, near Corpus Christi, was recognized as the birthplace of this game, now played online, too."

Marshall's winnings, though -- $26,600 -- bested the tallies of the other two.

On the show that aired Tuesday night, Marshall continued his winning ways.

He finally lost Wednesday night when he couldn't answer the Final Jeopardy! question, to which the answer was "The USS Constitution (Old Ironsides)."

In Jeopardy!'s Winner's Circle video shot after Tuesday's episode, Marshall said that to "be a champion was shocking" and to be a two-time champion was "beyond that."

Marshall seemed taken aback by his success, as he then said, "I have no idea what to do next except I have to change my clothes and keep winning."

When he arrived in California for the show, Marshall said his goals included meeting Alex Trebek, eating at an In-N-Out Burger, seeing the Pacific Ocean and "I guess to win money."

Messages left for Marshall were not returned by press time Wednesday night.

Because "Jeopardy!" shows are taped in advance in Culver City, Calif., Marshall could watch his performances after returning home from his summer job.

Marshall's Facebook page says he is a camp counselor at a summer camp in Bethesda, which provides youth ages 7 to 16 the opportunity to explore filmmaking, web design and animation, as well as sports that include basketball, gymnastics, and team handball.

His Facebook page also shows a photo of Marshall uploaded in 2007 that reportedly pictures him during a Quiz Bowl competition.

Played by college, high school and middle school students, Quiz Bowl contestants field questions about literature, history, science, math, geography, philosophy and general knowledge.

Prospective contestants on "Jeopardy!," which is watched nightly by 9 million people, can take an online test that includes academic information, pop culture and lifestyle categories, according the show's website.

"Jeopardy!" airs at 7:30 p.m. weekdays on WVII and WMTW.

Friends and family of Marshall likely watched "Jeopardy!" on Wednesday night hoping "Who is Adam Marshall?" was the correct answer to: "The person still in contention to break Ken Jennings' 74-consecutive game streak and to top the highest cumulative amount of $3,255,102 won by Brad Rutter."

But instead the answer turned out to be "Went home after a great three-night run."

Beth Staples -- 861-9252

bstaples@centralmaine.com

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