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Second place for Goucher's Sarah Bart means $50,000 on 'Jeopardy!'

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Sarah Bart's run at the college championship on 'Jeopardy!' ended Tuesday with the senior  history major finishing second. But as runner-up, Bart left with $50,000 for her effort.

Here's the release from the show:

Sarah Bart, a 22-year-old history major at Goucher College, placed second in the “Jeopardy!” College Championship, taking home $50,000 in cash winnings.  Bart competed against 14 undergraduates from across the country during the competition.  This is the first time that the 1,446-student liberal arts and sciences college, located in Baltimore, Md., has been represented in the College Championship.

“The whole experience was extremely surreal.  I had a fantastic time, and it was always my dream to be on the show,” Bart said. 

Bart credits her success on the show to her education at Goucher.  “I took courses from all across the curriculum, which I think certainly boosted my knowledge in a wide variety of fields,” she said. 

Her experience traveling and studying abroad also was a major influence.  “I have learned new things simply from being in new places.  It doesn’t have to be on the other side of the world -- just getting outside of your comfort zone and experiencing something new is valuable,” she added.

Originally from Philadelphia, Pa., Bart enjoys playing basketball, watching sports and listening to music.  She hopes to use her winnings to buy a new car as well as visit London during Spring Break and travel to Tanzania to hike Mt. Kilimanjaro in the next few years.

Regarding her performance, she said, “You don't have to go to an Ivy League or a major state school to get onto the show.  I'm so glad that I can put Goucher College on the map.  It's a fantastic place to go to school!”

Monica Thieu, a sophomore at the University of North Texas, finished first in the competition, winning $100,000.  Third place winner Zack Terrill, a senior at Vanderbilt University, earned $25,000. 

(Disclosure: I teach at Goucher, but I do not know Bart.)

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