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Davidson Teacher Competes In Wheel Of Fortune

Ashley Rich, a sixth grade teacher at Davidson Elementary, traveled to Los Angeles earlier this month to compete in Wheel of Fortune. The show will air Monday night. – Photo by David Howell

By David Howell

    Sixth grade math teacher Ashley Rich has become somewhat of  a local celebrity at Davidson Elementary School.

    Rich, accompanied by her mom, brother and husband, traveled to Los Angeles earlier this month, and was a contestant of the popular game show Wheel of Fortune.  The show was filmed on Jan. 10 and will air Monday at 6:30.

    Rich earned the right to compete after successfully “trying out” in Memphis last February. Following the February tryout, she was told by game show officials that they would notify her of the date in which she would compete.

    Each night at 6:30, Rich dedicated 30 minutes as “practice time” while she anxiously waited for the phone call.

    “I was talking on the phone with one of my student’s parents,” Rich said when the call came in mid-December.

    On the big day, Rich said she arrived at 7:30 in the morning.

    “We had plenty of practice and signed a bunch of legal forms,” Rich said of the hours leading up to the show. The practice included spinning the wheel and articulating the answers.

    “It (the wheel) was very heavy,” Rich said of the 22 minute experience.

    “It flew by so fast,” she recalls.

    Although extremely nervous, Rich said she prayed for focus during the game.

    She ended up spinning three times during the show.

    “They did our makeup and even fixed us up during commercials,” Rich said.

    To find out Rich’s success tune in next Monday night. While she is not allowed to talk about the results, the word is a suitcase may be in order.

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