Dan Kerns, a senior philosophy pre-law major at St. Bonaventure University, won the third annual Constitution Day Jeopardy!, held Sept. 17 in Walsh Auditorium.
Nine semifinalists answered questions on Sept. 16 about all things Constitutional, with three finalists emerging for the finals. Kerns was joined on stage by junior Tyler Piraino (political science) and senior Steve Kibbe (political science).
Piraino had an early lead, ending round 1 with 4,200 points. Kerns caught up to Piraino, leaving them tied for first place with 10,400 points each by the end of round 2.
The categories for round 1 were: Justices, The Convention, Presidents, Numbers, What Does It Say? and Places on the Map. The categories for round 2 were: Quotes, The Constitution Today, Potpourri, Movies, Other Jobs and Amend It.
The Final Jeopardy question arose and wagers were made ranging from 500 points to all points (10,400). Kibbe and Kerns answered the Final Jeopardy question correctly, leaving Kerns with 20,800 points, Kibbe with 10,402 points and Piraino with 9,900 points.
Kerns won free books for next semester. Kibbe, who finished third last year, won $100 in Bona Bucks, and Piraino took home $50 in Bona Bucks.
Constitution Jeopardy’s version of Alex Trebek was Dr. Steven Nuttall, associate professor of philosophy.
To coincide with National Constitution Day, SBU’s Center for Law and Society and the Office of University Relations 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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