Middle school social studies teacher Leah Q. Pence smiling for the cameras on the game show "Jeopardy!" April 12, 2022 (Screenshot/NBC)

Woodstock native and Kennesaw State University alumna Leah Q. Pence won second place on “Jeopardy!” Tuesday, receiving a $2,000 cash prize. 

It was the second time this year that KSU was represented on the show after Raymond Goslow came in second in the national college championship. 

Pence graduated with a bachelor’s in history education and then went to Fort Hays State University to get her master’s in history. She is now a social studies teacher at The Galloway School in Atlanta. 

Pence was up against Zhe Lu, a software engineer from Boston, and the reigning five-day “Jeopardy!” champion Mattea Roach. 

Contestants Mattea Roach (left), Leah Q. Pence and Zhe Lu competing on “Jeopardy!” April 12, 2022. (Screenshot/ NBC)

The show’s host, Ken Jennings, took a break to talk to the contestants and Pence shared a story about how her family adopted their dog.

“My husband was coming home late from work one night,” said Pence. “He sees two beady little eyes off the side of the road so he pulls over — this dog just jumps in the car.”

“Her name is Potato, and she’s old and stinky,” she added to laughter and applause from the audience.

In the second round of the game, actors Hugh Laurie, Lucy Boyton and Will Poulter made guest appearances on the show, reading off the clues from a category titled “A Christie Mystery.” They were there to promote the Britbox original mini-series “Why don’t they ask Evans.”

Later, in the final round, Pence answered a daily double, moving from third to second place. She answered the Final Jeopardy! question, solidifying her in second place with a score of $12,856.

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