CULVER CITY, Calif. — A Bemidji (Minn.) High School graduate had to settle for second place and $2,000 in his appearance on “Jeopardy” that aired Wednesday at NBC-TV.

Sam Benshoof, 32, had the correct answer on Final Jeopardy, which brought his total to $10,200, but it wasn’t enough to unseat reigning champion Steve Moulds, who also answered correctly and finished with $31,601.

In the show’s signature banter between host Alex Trebek and the contestants, Benshoof told how as a kindergarten student in Bemidji he brought a plastic toy snake everywhere he went.

“I must have known that eventually I would need a good opener on Jeopardy,” he told Trebek.

Benshoof, a former reporter at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and two other Forum Communications Co. newspapers, works at RBC Wealth Management in Minneapolis in corporate communications.

Benshoof’s older brother, Galen, also finished second in his appearance on the show in 2012.