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UPDATE: Peachtree Corners Resident’s Jeopardy! Run Ends

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Danielle Maurer defeated 23-game winner Mattea Roach Friday on the nationally syndicated game show, but missed the Final Jeopardy! question on Tuesday and is now out.

The start of Tuesday’s Jeopardy! broadcast was looking a little rocky for Peachtree Corners resident Danielle Maurer. After faltering a bit, she moved ahead of the pack of all women. Although it didn’t offer much in the way of additional money, another Atlanta-based clue may have boosted her confidence.

But the Final Jeopardy! category “Live Music” proved too much for the cosplayer and self-proclaimed “foam-smith.”

Picking up both Daily Doubles in the first eight clues and keeping contestant Mallory Kass from scoring during the first 13 clues of the round, Maurer looked like she might be able to pull off another win. Maurer led going into Final Jeopardy! with $13,400. Kass had $9,100 and Cherry Ignacio, who hadn’t made much of an impact, was at $2,800.

Before the parting music played, Maurer ended up in second place with $8,599. She’ll go home with an additional $2,000, bringing her total Jeopardy! winnings to $29,999. Ignacio bet $2,100, placing third. Kass bet 5,000, had the correct question and took home a one-day total of $14,100.

Maurer will probably never forget that “two and a half months after Woodstock ’99 made headlines for the terrible behavior of its attendees, the Coachella festival debuted at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, 150 miles southeast of Los Angeles.”

Read previous stories about Maurer’s run below:

Although she pretty much stayed ahead the entire show, Peachtree Corners resident Danielle Maurer finished triumphantly on her second Jeopardy! appearance. With no help from geography on the Final Jeopardy! question, she still defeated newcomers Kasim Oliver and Emily Levant.

Literature didn’t appear to be her strong suit in the early Jeopardy! rounds and Maurer missed the question in the category “Novel Titles” in Final. But smart wagering saved the day once again. At $14,600 going into Final Jeopardy!, Maurer was well ahead of Levant who had $8,400 and Oliver whose incorrect answers when he did ring in left him at $1,400.

A conservative wager of $2,201 left Maurer with $12,399 for the Monday and a two-day total of $27,999. Will she continue the streak? Check back Tuesday evening for another update.

The original story is published below:

Peachtree Corners resident Danielle Maurer is a two-day Jeopardy! winner.

A Final Jeopardy! question set in metro Atlanta may have been the catalyst that catapulted Peachtree Corners resident Danielle Maurer into game show history. She defeated a seemingly unstoppable contestant, 23-game winner Mattea Roach, on Friday and was crowned the new Jeopardy! champion. 

After placing a calculated wager of $4,200 and coming up with the correct response in Final Jeopardy!, the 31-year-old digital marketing manager from Peachtree Corners took down the long-running Canadian champion and won the game by $1 with a total of $15,600 in winnings. 

“I was just standing up there with my pen and paper thinking this is the most important math that I will ever do in my life,” Maurer said in an interview with Sony Pictures, producer of the highly-rated game show. “I knew Mattea would bet to defend. She will bet as if I’m going to bet everything. So, if she gets it right, I lose. There’s no win scenario there for me. So, I’m going to bet as if she gets it wrong because that’s the only chance realistically that I am going to have.”

Maurer’s intuition proved to be right in the end. Roach, who placed a wager of $3,601, was unable to provide the correct Final Jeopardy! response and finished in second place with a total of $15,599. 

“I did not expect to win going in there until they revealed her answer, and then I could just feel my heart start pounding,” Maurer said. “I’m from Atlanta, I’ve lived here for almost 10 years. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the airport I fly out of constantly. So, I looked at that clue like surely it can’t be that easy, can it?”

(Reminder: Final Jeopardy! clues are written well in advance and selected randomly.)

Figuring out what to do with her prize money was also a no-brainer, the new Jeopardy! champion said in the interview. 

“I have a basement that needs finishing,” Maurer said. “I do cosplay work and the basement is supposed to become my craft room. So, that’s a pretty good payment to get it completed.”

As a lifelong Jeopardy! fan, who has been trying out to be a contestant since she was 13, Maurer said winning her first game while slaying a giant like Roach in the process was a monumental accomplishment.

“I have been trying to get on the show for more than 15 years,” Maurer said. “This is something that I’m going to carry with me the rest of my life. It means more to me than I can say.”

When Maurer found out she was going to be a contestant, she said she knew there was a “strong possibility” that she may have to face off against a super-champion and she wanted to be prepared.

“I had been following the season. I knew about Matt (Amodio). I knew about Amy (Schneider),” Maurer said. “In fact, Amy’s episodes were airing when I got the call. So, we sort of practiced as if I was playing against Amy.”

Maurer spent countless evenings playing Jeopardy! with her husband and best friend using clues from previous games.

“We would check my results against Amy’s, like ‘Oh well, Amy missed the Final, but you got it,’” Maurer said. “‘So, you might have had a chance to take her there.’”

Amy Schneider’s run had come to an end before Maurer taped her first game, but she said she knew all of her practice against the 40-game champ would come in handy when it was her turn to play against Roach. 

“When I walked into the studio, and they were like, ‘Our current 19-day champion Mattea Roach,’ I could just see the color draining out of everyone’s faces around me,” Maurer said. “For me, I’m sitting there like — yeah that’s about what I expected.”

While Maurer admits it is intimidating to go up against Jeopardy! giant, she said she wants future contestants to know one thing: “It doesn’t matter how well you do the day that you’re on the show. Just getting there is such an achievement within itself.”

Jeopardy! airs at 7:30 p.m. on WXIA, Channel 11 in the metro Atlanta area.

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Summer 2022 Town Center Events

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Town Green Calendar

Peachtree Corners Town Center- Town Green

5140 Town Green Blvd., Peachtree Corners

peachtreecornersga.gov

Important Note: All city events are subject to postponement or cancellation due to current health and safety concerns, as well as other mitigating factors. Please check the city website and calendar for updates and COVID protocols. If reservations, masks and other precautions are required, the city’s website will include all necessary information at least one week before the event. Check peachtreecornersga.gov.

For the safety and convenience of all guests the following items are prohibited on the Town Green: glass containers; fires or barbecue grills; hard-sided or large coolers; large or over-sized bags/backpacks, luggage, or duffel bags; fireworks or sparklers; smoking, vaping or use of any tobacco products; illegal substances or drugs; pets or animals, with the exception of service animals; flying objects, including but not limited to sports balls, flying discs, beach, balls or drones; tents, tables or staking. No items can be affixed to any park infrastructure.

2nd Annual Peachtree Corners Decathlon Registration Open

Register now for the decathlon on Saturday, October 29

peachtreecornersga.gov/265/PTC-Decathlon-2022

Email Alex Wright at awright@peachtreecornersga.gov with questions.

Registration fee is $20 and includes t-shirt.

Men and women ages 18+ are invited to register for the second annual Peachtree Corners Decathlon to be held on the Town Green Path to Fitness. Sixty participants will compete in 10 events, including wall climb, sandbag carry, rope climb and run. Awards will be presented in several categories.

CrossFit and Yoga on the Green

Thursdays through September 29. 10-11 a.m.

August 4, 11, 18 and 25. September 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29.

Get fit with a free workout offered by Terrance Fox with CrossFit PPG. Everyone is invited, regardless of age or fitness level. This program relies on movements performed at high intensity to achieve a health and fitness level that sustains any lifestyle.

Yoga on the Green

Tuesdays through September 27. 8-9 a.m.

August 9, 16, 23 and 30. September 6, 13, 20 and 27.

Taught by David Penn from Sun Dragon Yoga, this free yoga class will help with flexibility and balance. Bring water (no glass containers), a small towel or two, and a mat if you have one; be sure to wear comfortable clothes.

Flicks on the Green

Saturdays, August 6, September 3 and October 1. 7-9 p.m.

Admission is free. Bring the family, along with a cooler and blanket, to enjoy a movie on the Green.

September 3: Captain America: The First Avenger — During World War II, Steve Rogers is transformed from a frail man into Captain America, the Marvel superhero. He must stop the Red Skull’s plan for world domination.

October 1: Lego Batman — In this computer-generated superhero comedy, Batman needs to overcome his fear of losing his friends to stop the Joker’s evil plans.

Night Music

Saturdays, August 13, September 10 and October 8. 7 p.m.

Admission is free. Every month through October, bands and tribute take to the stage on Town Green.

The Wildflowers. Photo from thewildflowersband.com

August 13: The Wildflowers — The Wildflowers are America’s premier Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers tribute band. With a passion for Petty’s music, they bring music lovers the songs they adore. Be sure to go to peachtreecornersga.gov and click on the calendar for details.

September 10: The Artisanals! with Rosey — The Artisanals! are missionaries of rock and roll that bring their explosive live show to stages around the country. Rosey is a singer-songwriter and rock ‘n roll soul siren who has toured with Morcheeba and Melissa Etheridge.

October 8: Anniversary Celebration with Marcy Playground — 90s alternative rockers Marcy Playground are most known for their 1997 platinum album that included the hit “Sex and Candy,” but they also have noted songs on soundtracks for movies such as Cruel Intentions and Antitrust.

Sports on the Screen

Saturdays, August 20, 7:20 p.m. September 17 and October 15, time TBD. Admission is free.

Bring friends and a loaded cooler to enjoy sports on the Town Green screen.

  • August 20 — Braves vs Astros
  • September 17 — TBD
  • October 15 — UGA vs Vanderbilt

PTC Summer Concert Series — Stayin’ Alive with the Mike Veal Band

Saturdays, August 27 and September 24. 7-10 p.m. Admission is free.

Head over to Town Green on the last Saturday of the month for good times and great music.

  • August 27: Stayin’ Alive — The quintessential tribute band to the Bee Gees, Stayin’ Alive giving audiences the sights and sounds of a full Bee Gees playlist with hits like “How Deep Is Your Love” and “Jive Talkin’.” The Mike Veal Band opens the show with a hot combination of blues, rock, funk and fun.
  • September 24: Vertical Horizon with All the Locals — Vertical Horizon’s song “Everything You Want” sold over two million copies and became the most played single of 2000. Today’s Vertical Horizon has evolved and added to their sonic tapestry. The Atlanta-based band All the Locals kicks off the evening at 7 p.m. 

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Peachtree Farm Stand- August

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Peachtree Farm Stand in August

Saturdays, August 13 and 20. 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Peachtree Farm
356 Research Ct., Peachtree Corners 30092

770-366-9589, peachtreefarm.org

Peachtree Farm Stand is opening at a new location. A nonprofit that provides jobs and training to adults with disabilities, Peachtree Farm provides fresh tomatoes, peaches, corn and more.

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2nd Annual Peachtree Corners Decathlon Registration Open

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Register now for the decathlon on Saturday, October 29

peachtreecornersga.gov/265/PTC-Decathlon-2022

Email Alex Wright at awright@peachtreecornersga.gov with questions.

Registration fee is $20 and includes t-shirt.

Men and women ages 18+ are invited to register for the second annual Peachtree Corners Decathlon to be held on the Town Green Path to Fitness. Sixty participants will compete in 10 events, including wall climb, sandbag carry, rope climb and run. Awards will be presented in several categories.

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