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Alumnus Colby Burnett Competes in Jeopardy All-Stars Game

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

​Colby Burnett, who holds a master's degree in education from Dominican University, served as a team captain for TV game show Jeopardy's All-Stars Game. Burnett's team, referred to as "Team Colby," came in third in the competition, winning $100,000. The competition wrapped up March 5.

As captain of the team, Burnett had the opportunity to select his teammates--fellow Chicago native Pam Mueller and Alan Lin of California. The team won $100,000. The winning team, led by Brad Rutter, walked away with $1 million, while the second place team, led by Ken Jennings, won $300,000.

Colby plans to use some of his third of the $100,000 pot to take his mother to New Orleans, a city she has always wanted to visit.

Burnett grew up in the Austin neighborhood and attended Northwestern University before getting his master's degree from Dominican's School of Education in 2016. He taught world history at Fenwick High School in Oak Park and now serves as a college counselor at Speer Academy in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on Chicago's northwest side.

Burnett is the only Jeopardy contestant to win both the Teachers Tournament (2012) and the Tournament of Champions (2013). He also was a semi-finalist in the 2014 Battle of the Decades. He has won a total of $375,000 (before the recent All-Stars Game) and used his proceeds to buy a home for himself as well as for his mother.

You can read an article about Burnett's Jeopardy run here.