UNION, NJ – Hannah Caldwell School fourth grade teacher Jason Sterlacci’s run on the Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions came to an end Tuesday night, when he missed the final Jeopardy! answer.

Sterlacci was one of 15 past winners competing in the Tournament of Champions over the last two weeks.  He won during his first quarter final appearance, pushing him into Tuesday night’s semi-final round. 

Sterlacci was only $400 behind first-place going into final Jeopardy! in the category of theatre:  ‘Despite objections from the playwright’s estate, a 1991 French production of this 1952 play had a small all-female cast instead of male.’  (Question:  What is Waiting for Godot?)

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“I have been moved by how wonderful the support has been from Union, my co-workers, and my friends,” said Sterlacci.  “While I know they were disappointed that I didn't win, I can't say more than that I was incredibly happy with my game.”

Sterlacci was the 2016 Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament champion, winning the grand prize of $100,000.