By David Zurawik
The Baltimore Sun
8:15 PM EST, February 9, 2012
Sarah Bart, a senior at Goucher College, won again Thursday night on the "Jeopardy! College Championship" competition.
It wasn't even close.
Bart more than doubled the combined total of both of her competitors, Greer Mackabee, of Duke, and Jaime Alayon, of George Washington University.
Host Alex Trebek said Bart would be back in "two days" to compete again. The competition, which includes $100,000 in prize money, concludes Feb. 14.
The 22-year-old Bart was a machine Thursday night dominating such categories as "Game of Thrones" and "Foreign Capitals."
With its emphasis on a global perspective and requirement that all students spend one semester abroad, Goucher College clearly prepared Bart well for the subject matter on which she was quizzed.
"Game of Thrones" looked at famous historical seats of royalty around the world, while "Foreign Capitals" was all about the geography Bart listed in a "Jeopardy!!" interview as one of elements of her dream category. (For the record, the other two are "mascots and beer.")
There are 15 students in the competition from such schools as Harvard, Stanford and Yale Universities. Goucher College, with 1,446 students, is the smallest of the schools, according to the "Jeopardy!" website. The largest is Indiana University with an enrollment of 32,543.
(Full disclosure: I have been teaching at Goucher College since 1993. I have never met Bart.)
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