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June 18, 2014

MASH graduate wins on first day of Jeopardy!

The Jeopardy! experience for Meadville Area Senior High School graduate Paige J. (Junker) Ormiston will continue for at least one more day.

Ormiston, MASH Class of 1995 and daughter of Chris and Donna Junker, who reside in Meadville, placed first, winning $32,200, on Tuesday night’s edition of Jeopardy! Ormiston returns as champion today at 7:30 p.m. on CBS.

Ormiston watched her Jeopardy! performance Tuesday with her husband, Wiley, in their residence in Norfolk, Va., with their two sons — 3-year-old Thomas and 1-year-old Henry.

“It’s definitely a good start on a college fund,” Ormiston said Tuesday after watching the show’s airing.

Prior to watching Tuesday’s airing, Ormiston was nervous about how she came off on TV. She said she was taking the competition seriously and was afraid she would come off as not having fun.

“It wasn’t as painful as I was expecting,” Ormiston said of watching herself on TV. “My kids enjoyed seeing me. My 3-year-old knew it was mom on TV.”

Ormiston led after Single Jeopardy! with $5,800 and was ahead after Double Jeopardy! with $17,200. During Double Jeopardy! she correctly answered a Daily Double and won $3,000.

The Final Jeopardy! category was “19th Century Novel Characters.” With the answer, “His ‘spinal column was curved’ ... the ‘head was between the shoulder-blades’ and ... ‘one leg was shorter than the other,’” Ormiston correctly guessed, “Who is Quasimoto?”

Tuesday’s airing continued a lengthy process for Ormiston, who took an online Jeopardy! test in January 2013, tried out at a Jeopardy! road show location in April 2013 and filmed the show Feb. 19 after she was informed in January that she made the show.

Ormiston said the show won’t mail the check for her winnings until 120 days after her final episode aired.

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