Ken Jennings — the best “Jeopardy!” contestant of all time — is being honored on the faculty he credit for serving to him presumably develop into the trivia champion of all time.
Seoul Overseas Faculty in South Korea has named Jennings its 2020 Alumnus of the Yr, and he’ll ship the graduation speech in June to the graduating class of 2021.
The college says that is the very best honor it bestows upon alumni, and it acknowledges the recipient’s “excellence of their chosen area of endeavor and excellent service to the group or occupation, in addition to devotion to SFS.”
So, the apparent query … South Korea??? That is appropriate. Jennings moved there along with his dad and mom at age 7 resulting from their jobs, and he attended SFS from grades 2-12 till he was 17 … graduating highschool in 1992.
Jennings says … “It is exhausting to overstate how my eleven years at SFS formed me as an individual, and continues to loom in my psyche.” He provides … “I could not really feel extra honored by this award, given my fond reminiscences of Seoul Overseas.”
Ken’s additionally mentioned many instances his time in S. Korea led to his need to be taught as a lot as attainable about America and the world … and his obsession with “Jeopardy!” He watched nearly day by day with pals after faculty on the one channel he bought.
The remainder, as they are saying, is historical past. Jennings received a document 74 video games in a row on the sport present in 2004, and in early 2020 … he was topped ‘The Best of All Time’ in a match with the opposite 2 most profitable contestants ever — Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer.
After all, one cannot point out Jennings with out considering of the late, nice Alex Trebek, who died November 8 after an extended battle with pancreatic most cancers. Ken was certainly one of his greatest followers and is about to visitor host “Jeopardy!” after Alex’s ultimate episode airs Xmas Day.
Jennings was additionally simply nominated for a Grammy for Finest Spoken Phrase Album for studying Alex’s guide, “The Reply is … Reflections on My Life.” Nonetheless, he is making an attempt to get the Grammy’s to permit him to share the nom with Alex.