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Fifteen K-12 educators from across the country will compete in the 2020 JEOPARDY! Teachers Tournament in May 2020, including Sam Matson, a high school teacher from Cookeville, Tennessee. / Photo courtesy of JEOPARDY!

A Cookeville, Tennessee, teacher is slated to compete in the 2020 JEOPARDY! Teachers Tournament later this month.

Sam Matson, an 11th and 12th grade English teacher from Cookeville, will put his knowledge to the test against 14 other K-12 instructors during the tournament that starts May 25. 

Taped in early February, this tournament is an all-new special event that has the educators competing against each other for a $100,000 grand prize and a spot in the next edition of the Tournament of Champions.

"This tournament was created because JEOPARDY! is committed to showing appreciation for our teachers, and this year's edition carries even more significance as educators everywhere face a whole new set of challenges," said JEOPARDY! host Alex Trebek in a statement.

The tournament will air on TV from May 25 to June 5. 
 

The 2020 JEOPARDY! Teachers Tournament contestants include:

— Amanda Baltimore, a 7th grade science teacher from Cocoa Beach, Florida

—  Peter Gouveia, a 7th grade English teacher from Norwalk, Connecticut

— Jenna Hall, an 11th and 12th grade English teacher from Seaside, California

— Ben Henri, a 7th-12th grade vocal music teacher from St. Clair Shores, Michigan

— Ivory Johnson, an 11th and 12th grade social studies teacher from Hollandale, Mississippi

— Matt Joyal, a 9th-12th grade history teacher from Hampstead, New Hampshire

— Jong Ho Kim, a 10th-12th grade math teacher from Lombard, Illinois

— Meggie Kwait, a 5th and 6th grade humanities teacher from New York, New York

— Katie LaBarge, a 9th and 10th grade science teacher from Cambridge, Massachusetts

— Sam Matson, an 11th and 12th grade English teacher from Cookeville, Tennessee

— Anne Pulju, a 10th-12th grade English teacher from Sandy Spring, Maryland

— Will Satterwhite, an 8th-12th grade band and choir teacher from Vinton, Virginia 

— Lauren Schneider Lipton, 9th-12th grade health teacher from Seattle, Washington

— Allison Thomas, a 7th grade civics teacher from Port St. Lucie, Florida

— Mary Kate Trausch, a 9th-12th grade science teacher from Vernon Hills, Illinois
 

The top-rated quiz show hosted by Trebek is in its 36th season and has a weekly audience of more than 23 million viewers, according to a press release. 

To learn more about the tournament, visit Jeopardy.com. Check your local listings for show times and TV stations.

Contact Meghan Mangrum at mmangrum@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6592. Follow her on Twitter @memangrum.

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