St. Clair Shores teacher Ben Henri wins ‘Jeopardy!’ grand prize

A Michigander won the top prize on tonight’s episode of “Jeopardy!”
Ben Henri, a St. Clair Shores vocal music teacher, won the $100,000 grand prize in the “Jeopardy!” Teachers Tournament, defeating Meggie Kwait of New York and Will Satterwhite of Virginia.
Henri went into Final Jeopardy with a slight lead over Kwait and said he “threw a party” in his head when he read the final clue: “The title character of this 1726 novel reaches 4 different lands as a result of a shipwreck, a storm at sea, pirates & a mutiny.”
“I read ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ in high school and watched the Ted Danson miniseries three or four times growing up,” Henri said, according to a news release. “I also explained it to my quiz bowl students earlier in the school year because it comes up regularly in competition.”
Henry Henri said “the rush of emotions was overwhelming” when he won.
“My family, friends, and students have given me so much, and I kept thinking, ‘What on earth did I do to be in this moment? I can’t possibly deserve this,’ ” he said. “Combined with the post-adrenaline comedown, it made it difficult to get through a sentence without losing my composure.”