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Spokane area has had its share of game show contestants

Melissa Stewart, of Spokane, walked away with $200 after finishing in third place in her January 2018 appearance. (Courtesy photo)
Melissa Stewart, of Spokane, walked away with $200 after finishing in third place in her January 2018 appearance. (Courtesy photo)
From staff reports

From “Jeopardy!” to “The Price is Right,” the Spokane area has seen its own fair share of game show contestants as well.


    Staci Huffman: In December 2018, Nine Mile Falls’ Huffman won $30,000 after two appearances on the show.

    Melissa Stewart: The Spokane woman walked away with $2,000 after finishing in second place in her January 2018 appearance.

    Lynn Swanbom: The former Spokesman-Review employee won $10,400 in her first appearance on the game show, and added another $2,000 in a second-place finish on her second bout in October 2009.

    Crista Calderon: The instructional technology staffer at EWU lost in her Final Jeopardy round in March 2017.

    Rochelle Smith: This University of Idaho reference librarian placed second in October 2012, netting a $2,000 prize.

“The Price is Right”

    Danny Butler: Then a student at Whitworth University, won a car on the venerable game show in November 2017.

    Sheena Lindholm: In 2005, the Blackfoot, Idaho, woman won a record $183,688 in cash and merchandise. Before Lindholm’s win, the previous record holder racked up $88,865 in prizes, according to the CBS network.

Other local contestants

    Cami Bradley: The Spokane singer-songwriter made it to the final rounds of “America’s Got Talent” in 2013.

    Ryan Benson: The Mead High School alum took home the $250,000 first-place prize and lost 122 pounds in 2004 on “The Biggest Loser.”

    Kelley Wentworth: While currently sitting on Extinction Island on this year’s season of “Survivor,” the Ephrata, Washington, native is on her third round of the show.

    Taylor Lee Stocker: Lasting 25 days on the island, the Liberty Lake man and Central Valley High School alum appeared on the 33rd season of “Survivor.”

    Troy Robertson: Another Central Valley grad, “Troyzan” appeared on “Survivor” in 2012 and 2017, finishing in third place on his second appearance.

    Bridger Buckley, Erin LaVoie and Julian Stewart: All three appeared on the 2019 premiere season of “The Titan Games.” Buckley, of Pullman, lasted longer than the Spokane competitors LaVoie and Stewart, making it to the final head-to-head round.

    Sandy and Lindsey Zimmerman: In 2018, the Spokane P.E. teacher competed on “American Ninja Warrior,” and a few months later her daughter followed in her footsteps onto “American Ninja Warrior Jr.”

    Rickey Webster: The Spokane baker walked away with the first-place prize of $10,000 from the Food Network’s holiday cookie competition, “Christmas Cookie Challenge.”

    Aaron Crumbaugh: In 2016, the Spokane chef returned to the television game world appearing on “Food Network Star.” He had previously finished fourth on “The Amazing Race” and competed twice on “Cutthroat Kitchen.”

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