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Suburban band teacher headed to 'Jeopardy!' Teachers Tournament

Rico Vazquez, a band teacher at Sandburg Middle School in west suburban Elmhurst, is headed to Los Angeles this week to compete on the “Jeopardy!” Teachers Tournament.

Airing Nov. 11-22, the two-week showdown will have 15 kindergarten through 12th grade instructors the U.S. and Canada trying to school one another on the long-running quiz show, airing at 2:30 p.m. weekdays on WLS-Channel 7.

They’re competing for a $100,000 grand prize and a berth in the next Tournament of Champions.

Another suburban Chicago educator won last year’s Teachers Tourney. Fenwick High School world history teacher Colby Burnett not only clinched that competition, he added $250,000 to his pot of winnings after dominating the show’s Tournament of Champions earlier this year.