New Paltz teacher returning to Jeopardy! for the Tournament of Champions

Francois Barcomb

Francois Barcomb of New Paltz, who won the Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament in May, will be one of the 15 contestants in the game show’s upcoming Tournament of Champions to air November 4-8 and November 11-15. Among the other 15 top competitors set to face off for the $250,000 grand prize is James Holzhauer, who earlier this year won 32 consecutive Jeopardy! games and amassed more than $2.4 million in winnings.

Barcomb’s match will air Friday, November 8. His opponents will be Ryan Fenster, a graduate student from Seatac, Washington, and Steven Grade, a sports industry consultant from Atlanta, Georgia. If he wins, he’ll move onto the two-day finals the following week.

Barcomb, a physics teacher at Hendrick Hudson High School in Westchester County, was crowned Teachers Tournament champion on the episode that aired May 17, securing the top prize of $100,000.