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Woman's dream to be on game show realized

March 17, 1999|By SCOTT BUTKI

A daily viewer of "Jeopardy!" who grew up in Washington County dreaming of one day being on the TV game show has realized her dream.

Cameron Jane Soulis, 34, who now lives in Towson, Md., will be on the show that airs at 7 p.m. tonight on WMAR and 7:30 p.m. on WJLA. She taped the show in Los Angeles in December.

All contestants sign a contract prohibiting them from saying how they did on the show or whether they were on for more than one show.

Taping the show was fun, she said. The show records five episodes in one day and all the other guests were enjoyable to be around, she said.

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"If I could do it again, I would," Soulis said.

She said watches the show every night and usually knows the right answers, she said. She has always been good at trivia, she added.

She received word in November that she would appear on the show.

"I called everyone I knew that night to tell them that I was going to be on 'Jeopardy!' she said.

Soulis graduated from Williamsport High School in 1982 and from Hood College in Frederick, Md., in 1986. She has been a chemistry teacher at John Carroll High School in Bel Air, Md., for four years.

While she has not lived in Washington County since 1982, her father and stepmother, Bill and Deanna Soulis, live in Williamsport. Her father works at Fort Detrick in Frederick and her stepmother is a retired English teacher who last worked at Smithsburg Middle School.

She has always wanted to be on the show so she sent a postcard asking to be considered as a contestant. She attended show try-outs in Washington, D.C., in May 1998 and apparently did well in a 50-question test and a mock game, she said.

About 20,000 people try each year to become one of the 600 to 700 people who appear on the show, she said.

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