Vice principal Jeopardy! champion

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer

As a boy, Andrew Espinoza was a loyal fan of the TV trivia show “Jeopardy!”

“He always watched the show and would get a lot of the questions right,” said his mother, Maria Espinoza.

In late October, the Muleshoe, Texas, native appeared on “Jeopardy!” In his first appearance, Espinoza, 35, won the title of champion and $16,500. In his second, he won $2,000.

“We were very excited,” said his mother, who still resides in Muleshoe. “That was a huge dream of his since he was a little boy.”

Espinoza, who left Muleshoe about 10 years ago and settled in New Jersey about three years ago, said his Jeopardy! success corresponds to his love of learning and reading.

“Being on the show was fun,” said Espinoza, a vice principal at a middle school in Livingston, N.J. “But sharing the experience with my friends and family was even more fun than I had imagined.”

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