‘Jeopardy!’ Champ on Win Streak Thanked Show ‘Gods’ for One Category in Hilarious Post

by Leanne Stahulak
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One of the categories from last night’s July 6 “Jeopardy!” show really allowed champion Courtney Shah to show off.

Shah’s on a roll with seven straight wins on the “Jeopardy!” stage and a total of $118,558 in the bank. She aced last night’s “Final Jeopardy!” question about The Ohio State University and is on her way to her eighth appearance on tonight’s show.

Earlier this morning, Shah thanked the “Jeopardy gods” for giving her a category yesterday that was right in her wheelhouse.

“When the @Jeopardy gods give you a category on African American History before 1860,” Shah tweeted, along with a GIF of a woman smiling and giving two thumbs up.

Shah teaches history at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington. According to her Twitter bio, she specializes in knowledge of US history, gender, sexuality, race, and medicine. She also got a Ph.D. from the University of Houston and studied at Duke University for her undergrad. On top of that, Shah has published one historical textbook about race and gender and co-authored another.

So, it’s safe to say that Shah had this “Jeopardy!” category covered.

‘Jeopardy!’ Champion Is Thankful for Her Education

Shah later followed up her original tweet with a shoutout to one of her former University of Houston professors and a former classmate.

“Thanks to Richard Blackett’s spectacular class on that at @UHouston. @theresaraePhD and I struggled through that 60 book syllabus! She’s the one who taught me to crochet,” Shah said.

Blackett’s class refers to the above category, “African American History before 1860.” The professor now teaches at Vanderbilt University as the Andrew Jackson Chair of History.

Dr. Theresa Jach, Shah’s classmate and friend, is a penitentiaries historian. And, apparently, an exceptional crocheting teacher. In last night’s “Jeopardy!”, Shah mentioned how she loves crocheting Star Wars characters, a hobby she picked up in grad school. She failed to mention that Jach taught her until tweeting this morning.

The “Jeopardy!” star also added another tweet to the growing thread about last night’s episode, thanking her parents and educators for their role in her success.

“I’ve been fortunate to get a wonderful education (thanks, mom and dad!) with great teachers at all levels. Thank a teacher today and watch me on @Jeopardy tonight!” Shah wrote.

This isn’t the first time Shah has encouraged her fans to appreciate teachers and educators. Before Monday’s episode, the Portland, Oregon, native thanked her students at Lower Columbia College for “pushing me to continue learning alongside them.” She closed the tweet off with, “So watch me on @Jeopardy tonight and support your local community college.”

Afterward, fans flooded her replies with warm wishes and praise for representing community colleges on such an impressive platform. The next day, the “Jeopardy!” champion wrote this heartfelt message.

“Can I just say how nice it is to hear these warm wishes from community college folk around the nation, and especially from the PNW (Pacific Northwest)?” Shah tweeted.