Colin Bearer, a senior history major at St. Bonaventure University, won the inaugural Constitution Day Jeopardy, held Sept. 18 at the Rigas Theater in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
Nine semifinalists answered questions on Sept. 17 about all things Constitutional, with three finalists emerging for the Sept. 18 finals. Bearer was joined on stage by freshman Tyler Piraino (undeclared) and junior Mariah Wolford (history). Piraino had an early lead, but couldn’t hold it for long. Bearer swept a category and launched into the lead after round one by 3,200 points.
Wolford charged early in round two, only to be halted by Bearer again. He took the lead in the middle of the round and never looked back. By the time the final Jeopardy question was revealed, Bearer had an insurmountable lead.
The Final Jeopardy question came and wagers were given but only one contestant got the question correct, it was none other than Bearer again. His wager was 0 so regardless of a right or wrong answer he would have taken the crown. In the end, he was the only one to correctly answer final Jeopardy. Bearer won free books for next semester, Piraino won $100 in Bona Bucks, Wolford took home $50 in Bona Bucks.
Constitution Jeopardy’s version of Alex Trebek was Dr. Danette Brickman, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science.
Several door-prize winners also took home $10 each in Bona Bucks: Michael Gargano, Joseph Hayes, Shakira Hite, Jasmine Mangum, Azarias Perez, Sarah Schweiger, Daulton Sherwin, Elizabeth Smith, Matt Zaros and Christina Zoppi.
To coincide with National Constitution Day, SBU’s Center for Law & Society sponsored the competition.
Constitution Day was established in 2004. Championed by the late U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), the law mandates that any educational institution that is publicly funded must provide educational programming about the American Constitution on Sept. 17.
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