Final Jeopardy: State Quarters

The Final Jeopardy question (5/6/2013) in the category “State Quarters” was:

The back of the quarter for this state is the only one that features a monarch.

Today is the very first match of the 2013 Jeopardy! College Championship Tournament and we’ll kick it off with these three college students: Julia Sprangers, a Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison junior from Oshkosh, WI; Jed Silver, a senior at Tufts from the Bronx, NY; and Hannah Schoenhard, a Scripps junior originally from Tulsa, OK.

Hannah found the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “The Constitution USA.” She was in second place with $2,600 when she found it, but a reversal of a prior decision gave her $1,600 more. She was still in second place with $4,200 but now she was only $600 behind Julia’s lead. She bet $1,200 and she was RIGHT.

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Hannah finished in the lead with $6,400. Julia was second with $3,800 and Jed was last with $1,400.

Hannah found the first Double Jeopardy Daily Double in “European Cities.” She now had the lead with $8,000, $3,400 more than Julia in second place. She bet $2,400 and she was RIGHT.

This Bavarian city traces its origins to a Benedictine monastery at Tegernsee. show

Jed found the last Daily Double in “This is Huge.” He was now in second place with $7,400, $10,600 behind Hannah’s lead. He bet $3,000 and he was RIGHT.

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Hannah finished in the lead with $18,400. Jed was next with $14,800 and Julia was in third place with $10,200.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


“The reverse of Hawaii’s quarter features Hawaiian monarch King Kamehameha I stretching his hand toward the eight major Hawaiian Islands. Inscriptions are the state motto … (‘The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness’), ‘Hawaii’ and ‘1959.” (

Julia wrote down Virginia, then crossed that out and wrote Hawaii. She let out a big sigh of relief when she added $6,200 to her score to finish with $16,400.

Jed wrote down Virginia and that cost him $5,601. He finished with $9,199.

Hannah had it right, too, and bet $8,000 so she won the game with $26,400 so Hannah Schoenhard is our first winner and semi-finalist.

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