“So much fun. You can definitely tell when I play, I think you’ll notice in tonight’s game, I’m having a lot of fun while I’m at it,” Roach said.
Roach, a tutor, will face off against a high school social studies teacher and a government contractor. She says categories like political science and geography are usually her strengths.
“I was hoping not to see the American Civil War or football,” Roach says.
In front of his Jeopardy! beginnings, Roach’s family shows support in what they describe as “extreme Cape Breton behavior.” Her relatives in Marion Bridge, Nova Scotia, added “Good Luck Mattea” to their grocery store sign.
“We couldn’t find a way to express our wish to support her and I thought, ‘Well, we have a sign that we advertise our products on in our grocery store. Why not advertise super talent?” says Carol Church, Roach’s great-aunt.
Roach has a strong connection to Cape Breton, as both sides of his family hail from the island.
“My mother’s family is from Ingonish and her parents still live there. My father’s family was from New Waterford,” she says.
“If someone accomplishes something, the whole town will know about it, right?” So yeah, it’s classic Cape Breton stuff. ‘ are like, ‘Oh yeah, that really sounds like people over there would do that kind of stuff.'”
A group of Roach parents will meet for a watch party Tuesday night at a sports bar owned by a family friend.
“It means a lot to me and I’m so, so happy and proud that people are so excited and so excited,” Roach said.
Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston also wishes Roach well on social media, as well as Sacred Heart in Halifax, the school she graduated from in 2015.
“A stupendous student and outstanding debater during her time here, she is sure to impress,” the school tweeted on Monday.