Staci is a graduate of Shadle Park High School and proud EWU AND UW Alum (“Hometown Howdy” from Jeopardy omitted those four years and must not have been a Husky fan).
Here is a link to a funny video in what Staci describes tongue and cheek as “cheesy”: www.facebook.com/sdhuffman/videos/10216722623805618/
Staci is anything but cheesy. A true brainiac, you will find Staci frequently the local bar scene. You won’t see her tie one on though (or tie anything for that matter); she is a serial trivia winner. She has blown away local trivia dj celeb Dave on numerous occasions as well. On their last go around about a month ago, Dave ‘tied’ Staci with a bunch of softball questions that didn’t scratch the surface of what she will face on December 7th. Link to KZZU interview here: dkmshow.com/staci-h-plays-wdm/
Staci, a lifelong resident of Spokane, currently resides in Nine Mile Falls with her husband Paul and daughters Jessica and Sarah.
If you know Staci, she is a no nonsense logical efficient thinker, so I wanted to know 10 things that make her extraordinary, in a systematic 1-10 fashion.
1.) At what age did you start to realize your brain worked a little different than the rest of the population?
“in High School I realized I liked trivial knowledge more than others.” (See #2.)
2.) Which educator do you feel instilled the most confidence in you and elevated your way of thinking?
“Bob Isitt from SPHS. We used to have a game we played when learning info for a test (CWA, US History, WA State History) that would also involve random questions. I loved the random questions, and was pretty good at them. We didn't have a knowledge bowl team, but I would have loved that. I didn't discover bar trivia in Spokane until the Swinging Doors hosted it in the mid 2000s.”
3.) Do you play chess or have you had your IQ rated?
“I have tried chess in high school, but it wasn't something I continued. No IQ testing either.”
4.) Do you use your talents at card games or any forms of gaming other than trivia?
“I have played pinochle since I was a kid with my mom, aunts, and grandpa. I was the only one of the grandkids that would play. I love puzzles (word, jigsaw, math) and am always involved in some of them.”
5.) Do you take any brain boosting supplements or any omega oils?
“No supplements, currently.”
6.) Obviously you are well versed at many subjects; if you had to pick, what is your favorite?
“I love pop culture trivia. Best category would be to name the parent of a specific kid.”
7.) What other things do you do to exercise your brain?
“I watch Jeopardy! You really do learn info with each viewing.”
8.) What was the most fun part of being on Jeopardy?
“Everyone there, the other contestants, the producers, and Alex Trebek, were all delightful. The contestants were somewhat kindred spirits, we all just love trivia so much. The producers were the same as I met in Portland and they really love what they do. They know its a game show, and show the excitement of that. Alex would answer questions between rounds and was always very gracious. I was sitting in the audience after my appearance and he specifically said Hi to me from the stage. That ranks up there as pretty special.”
9.). Least fun?
“Everyone loses. There is only one winner and everyone is so deserving. I think they do such a good job at screening that there was not an obvious winner at the start of any game.”
10.) Lastly, do you plan on catapulting your success and talent into any other arenas like “Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?” and have you ever considered being part of a think tank?
“Other previous contestants have been on other shows, but I don't watch any of the others so I haven't really considered it. The info is definitely going on my resume!”
You can watch Staci in action this Friday, December 7th on NBC KHQ Channel 6 at 7pm. For those of you attending our client appreciation party this Friday night as well, you will hear us cheering her on from the break room! Stream the show here: www.khq.com/live/