‘Jeopardy!’: New Champ Mattea Roach Keeps Win Streak Alive, Tops $200K Mark

by Samantha Whidden
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On Friday (April 15th), new champion Mattea Roach continued to keep her winning streak alive on “Jeopardy!” as she surpassed the $200,000 mark on the long-running game show.

According to Canada’s CBC, Mattea Roach, who is a Toronto tutor originally from Nova Scotia, won for the ninth time during Friday’s “Jeopardy!” episode. The 23-year-old added an additional $28,001 in winnings for a total of $210,802. 

Also while on the “Jeopardy!” set earlier this week, Mattea Roach reportedly thanked Brian Casey. Casey was the coach of the debate team at Scared Hear School of Halifax, where Roach attended. While speaking to CBC Radio’s “Information Morning Halifax,” Casey declared, “I was not expecting recognition of that sort. It was quite moving. And she called after the show was over. And I don’t know about Mattea, but I was certainly crying. It was lovely.”

Mattea Roach also described Casey and his wife as two of her “biggest cheerleaders” who have supported her since she was a young child. “The version of me who is able to succeed on [‘Jeopardy!’] wouldn’t exist without them,” Roach declared in a tweet. “And I wanted to recognize that while I had the chance.”

Casey went on to tell the media outlet that he’s not surprised that Mattea Roach is doing so well on “Jeopardy!” Because she’s always had a good work ethic. He described Roach and her debate partner as being the best high school debaters in Canadian history. This opinion is based on the number of tournaments they won nationally and internationally. “Most would not do that in their entire high school lives. But they were very successful.”

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As he continued his interview, Bryan Casey spoke about how Mattea Roach had a tough time fitting in at school, but the “Jeopardy!” champ thrived on the debate team. “Debates are more about ideas than they are about information. But she has a terrific command of information as well.”

Meanwhile, Mattea Roach told CBC Toronto’s “Metro Morning,” that her “Jeopardy!” experience has been a blur so far. “It’s been kind of neat watching myself on these shows. And I’m like, ‘I don’t even remember responding to that clue. I played so much better than I remembered.”

Mattea Roach also described the “Jeopardy!” set as being a bit overwhelming. However, she did describe the set’s environment as being positive. She went on to add, “The team who works there really does try to make sure every contestant walks away with really good memories of that space. Because they know how special it is to get to be there.” 

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