YAL@DHS Advisor to be on Jeopardy

Devon Minnema
Mar 21, 2011 at 6:37 AM

Mr. Vlach, a teacher at Dixon High School and advisor for the DHS YAL Chapter, has earned himself a spot on Jeopardy! The Dixon Patch wrote an article on it, which unfortunately doesn't really mention YALNonetheless, here's part of it:

As a child Dixon High School Teacher Michael Vlach enjoyed watching "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek quiz the show's contestants on everything from art to politics. Back then Vlach, 29, had no way of knowing that one day he too would be answering Trebek's questions on the show.

Vlach, DHS' computer technology teacher, recently earned the opportunity to put his knowledge to the test on "Jeopardy!" and made the trip from his Vacaville home to the show's Culver City studios.

The road to the show for Vlach began when he took an online test - consisting of 50 questions in 50 different categories - back in January 2010. The results of his online test earned Vlach an opportunity to get on the show.

"In August, I get an e-mail from 'Jeopardy!' it said come to San Francisco for an audition," he said.

Four weeks after his September audition, Vlach said he got the call to appear on the show. Vlach is no stranger to competitions. The 1999 Will C. Wood graduate has spent most of his life competing in spelling and geography bees as well as academic decathlons.

"We are proud of him, we are excited he is going to be representing Dixon and Dixon High School and teachers on 'Jeopardy!'" Principal Ivan Chaidez said.

Thanks to Carlos Villatoro. Read the whole article here.