All eyes of a classroom of first-grade students were glued to the television last Tuesday to watch their teacher compete in a game show.
Kelly Jolley, a first-grade teacher at Excelsior Academy in Erda, was a contestant last week on NBC’s newest game show, the Million Second Quiz.
“I have a friend that works for NBC,” said Jolly. “She called me up and said I should apply to be on this new game show.”
An application, a skype interview, and three weeks later, Jolley found herself on the set competing in the fast pace game hosted by Ryan Secrest.
The show’s format pitted contestants in a battle of trivia and endurance as the game continued for one million consecutive seconds, or about 11 and a half days.
A contestant sitting in “the money chair” defended their position in the chair by facing challengers in rounds of quizzes.
Jolley entered the show on Tuesday, Sept. 17 as a challenger. Unsuccessful at gaining the money chair, she went home without any winnings, but did win a free trip to New York.
“The strategy of the game was hard to figure out,” she said. “They let you double points and I kept picking the wrong time to double points.”
There was one question that Jolley got wrong that has been the source of some teasing after she arrived home.
The question: “The sci-fi novel Fahrenheit 451 is about a fireman who sets fire to what? Condemned horses, books, flags or martians?”
Jolley’s answer was flags; the correct answer was books.
“It was a once in a lifetime opportunity,” she said. “It also was a great teaching moment for my students — sometimes you win and sometimes you don’t, but trying can be fun.”