If you happened to watch Wheel of Fortune last week, you would have seen SPSCC Communications Professor Kaidren Sergienko win on the “Word Seek” segment. Her prize is an all inclusive, $150,000 trip to the Bahamas and $7,800 in cash. She is going with her husband Andrew Sergienko; philosophy professor here at SPSCC.
They will be staying 6 days and 5 nights at the 5 star Sandals Emerald Bay Great Exuma resort. Perks include fine dining, access to a 2015 World Golf Award winning golf course, and a secluded tropical beach.
“It was a fun nervous energy,” says Sergienko about her experience on Wheel of Fortune. “You audition with 40 people, and get a letter in the mail two to three weeks later… You practice spinning wheels, practice loud clear ways to say letters… Everyone is super nice.” When her husband found out about her winning, he said that “I was super happy! A trip to the Bahamas and a little money is always nice. It was sweet.”
The contestant before her bought an “O” vowel, which turned out to not be in the word puzzle. Sergienko was given a turn and chose to solve the puzzle. She correctly guessed “unparalleled beauty.”
When Sergienko came back home from the taping in Culver City, Calif., she said, “I didn’t tell very many people. I don’t want to be in the spot-light.”
Wheel of Fortune is the second longest-running game show in television history. You can apply to be a contestant at wheeloffortune.com. Applications require a personal video showcasing something interesting about yourself and why you want to be a contestant.