UCPS teacher takes second place on Jeopardy

Jan. 21, 2013 @ 08:24 PM

John Morgan, an art teacher at Prospect Elementary, fulfilled a childhood dream by appearing on Jeopardy Monday night.

Morgan was comfortably leading going into final Jeopardy. The category was Museums. Final Jeopardy can really either make or break a contestant and in Morgan's case it was the difference between first and second place. 

He came in second, taking home $2,000. Morgan said he plans to use the money to supplement his income for a few months. 

Morgan competes in the Team Trivia league. They held a watch party for him at Buona Vita restaurant in the Ballantyne area of Charlotte, where he attends trivia games on Thursday nights. 

"It was great," Morgan said. He was there with ten or 12 friends. 

"It was a real cut loose sort of thing," Morgan said. "(There was) a lot of love and fun." 

The filming was a bit of a blur, Morgan said. He said he remembered a few answers and he the outcome, but not much else. 

Re-living the experience was "the best part of watching tonight's broadcast," Morgan said. 

Though winning millions of dollars would have been nice, Morgan is pleased with the experience and the outcome. While he usually shies away from praise and the spotlight, he is allowing himself to be "unreservedly proud" of his experience.

"(It was the) best thing I've ever done," Morgan said. 

The environment on set was not cut-throat at all, Morgan recalled. 

There is a sense of camaraderie among the contestants, because they are all on the best game show in the world and on some level they are all terrified, Morgan said. 

"(The) producers are so good at that," Morgan said. "(It is) just really professional, but also a very fun and comfortable thing." 

Morgan exceeded his expectations and will always remember that the Belfast museum commemorates the R.M.S. Titanic.

"(I) usually know the (final Jeopardy) answer, but I didn't," Morgan said. 

However, his Team Trivia team is currently ranked sixth in the city, with championships still to come.