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Monticello High School Teacher's Final Jeopardy! Game Airs

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An Albemarle County teacher's run in the Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament has come to an end.

Monticello High School's Michael Farabaugh came up short of a first place win Tuesday night, but his friends and colleagues say he is still a champion.

"Michael's a very smart, intelligent person," said Jennifer Meade, a fellow Monticello High School teacher.

Farabaugh gathered with friends and family in Charlottesville to watch the final round. He took on some of the toughest teachers in the country in the tournament, and says he's proud of his performance.

"I was hanging in there as much as I could, but I felt good that it was a pretty solid second-place finish," he said. 

Farabaugh takes home $50,000.  He said, "It was an amazing experience to be on Jeopardy!, it was lucky for me to get a chance to be on the show."

This doesn't necessarily mean the end of Farabaugh's Jeopardy! career.  "So I can still enjoy playing along at home, and of course, with my classroom Jeopardy. So it will be a lot of fun," he said.

Farabaugh already has big plans for his prize.  Much of the money will help pay college tuition for his four daughters.

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