Question: A Mercy staff member who appeared on an episode of Jeopardy! last month.
Answer: Who is Bryan Cracchiolo, the College’s assistant registrar.
Cracchiolo was elated to be chosen to compete on the classic game show, an event he describes as, “…a lifelong dream fulfilled,” after completing a series of qualifying tests and participating in a remote interview. His episode aired on Thursday, July 29 and was hosted by LeVar Burton.
In preparation for his appearance, Cracchiolo streamed old episodes and scoured the “J! Archive” — a mass collection of every question, category and contestant score tracking from aired episodes. Not to mention frequent bouts of searching Wikipedia expanded his knowledge base of general facts and figures.
On the day of the taping, which took place in Los Angeles, California, Cracchiolo happened to be up against Matt Amodio, who has now become one of Jeopardy’s top three biggest winners. While he was met with fierce competition, Cracchiolo answered several questions correctly and most appreciated “…the camaraderie between contestants and the breadth of knowledge demonstrated by all.”
He holds the experience dear to his heart and is overjoyed that his family, friends and colleagues take such pride in his achievement.