David Madden (Jeopardy! contestant)
During his time at Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, New Jersey, he competed on his school's Quiz Bowl team, and attended the National Academic Championship, where he was named to the Hall of Fame, being one of only 19 people named to it in its 25 year history. David also led his Ridgewood team to consecutive titles at the Eighth & Ninth Annual Omar Q Beckins Academic Challenge Tournaments, an off-shoot of the Westchester Academic Challenge of Knowledge Organization, in 1998 and 1999. He was Omar MVP in 1999, after placing second to Sahir Islam of Somers HS (Sahir was the 1998 Jeopardy! Teen Tournament Champion). David was inducted into the Omar Q Beckins Hall of Fame in 1999 (one of only 19 in the twenty-year history of OMAR).
Madden had first watched Jeopardy! with a babysitter when he was 11–12 years old. While watching Jeopardy! at that age, Madden would get the correct response to more clues than his babysitter. Although not as recommended, Madden had studied a lot for the show, which helped him with the clues. His parents did not realize Madden was going to be on Jeopardy! until his first game aired.
David is the second longest-winning contestant on Jeopardy! Between July 5, 2005 and September 19, 2005 Madden won 19 games and $432,400, both records only exceeded by Ken Jennings in regular play Jeopardy! His total Jeopardy! winnings of $442,400 (adding $10,000 for the 2006 Tournament of Champions) is fifth all-time, behind Brad Rutter, Ken Jennings, Jerome Vered, and Roger Craig. In terms of regular game winnings he ranks second between Jennings and Tom Nissley.
His 19-game streak ended September 19, 2005, when he was defeated by Victoria Groce, a musician from Decatur, Georgia. Steve Kaltenbaugh, a United States Navy sailor from Columbia, Maryland, finished third.
During the 2006 Tournament of Champions, Madden won his first round match (defeating the eventual winner of the Tournament, Michael Falk), but in his second round match, Madden entered Final Jeopardy! in a distant third place, trailing Bill MacDonald $22,200 to $4,600. Instead of responding to the Final Jeopardy! clue, he wished "Good Luck" to MacDonald on the telewriter screen and finished with $0. In 2010, Madden also defeated Watson, the IBM computer designed to play Jeopardy, in two practice matches at IBM headquarters.
From July 2007 to February 2008 he hiked the length of the United States as a fundraiser for the Fisher House Foundation, a charity that provides free accommodations for family members of veterans at American military hospitals. In 2010, he founded the National History Bee and Bowl, two academic quiz competitions for students with a history focus (the Bee is for individual students, the Bowl is for teams). Madden currently overseas all aspects of NHBB, and has expanded the competitions to include colleges and middle schools in the USA, and high schools in seven foreign countries as well.
In 2012, he organized the National History Bee Middle School Competition, whose National Championships were filmed in May 2012 for broadcast on History.
- Fran Scavuzzo, Sam. "'Jeopardy!' Champ Starts History Bowl at RHS". Ridgewood. April 30, 2010.
- "Madden '03 wins big on 'Jeopardy'". Daily Princetonian. September 25, 2005. Retrieved October 4, 2010. "Until Monday, when Madden lost for the first time in 20 games, the 24-year-old alum held the title of reigning champion. He earned $430,400 in all, second only to the legendary Ken Jennings, who earned more than $2.5 million over the course of 74 wins last year."
- "I'll Take Quiz Kids For $600, Alex". New York Times. October 9, 2005. Retrieved October 4, 2010. "By the time the episode on which he finally lost was broadcast last month, Mr. Madden had won 19 straight games -- second only to Mr. Jennings -- and his winnings came to $432,400. ... Mr. Madden was the captain of the Quiz Bowl team at Ridgewood High, and was on a similar freshman team at Princeton. When he comes home he says he plans to teach high school and perhaps enter politics. But his days as a quiz-show star are probably behind him"
- lroby, tournament director Omar Q Beckins
- Jeopardy! Champion Updates. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
- "David Madden". J-archive. Retrieved October 4, 2010. "2006 Tournament of Champions semifinalist: $10,000. Season 21/22 19-time champion: $430,400 + $2,000. David is the second-highest regular-play winnings earner after Ken Jennings. During David's Jeopardy! run, he resided in Berlin, Germany as a student pursuing a master's degree in international relations."
- Ursus Books and Prints.
- The National History Bee. History.
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