Smarter than a 5th Grader?

The Reverend Tolton Pace 00C 02PH takes on the 5th graders.

By Michelle Valigursky

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Host Jeff Foxworthy (L) and contestant Tolton Pace (R) in the all-new “Tolton” May 26 Season Premiere episode of ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A 5th GRADER? on FOX.

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So what’s it like to match wits with a fifth grader? The Reverend Tolton Pace 00C 02PH can now say he has done just that. Pace tested his skills on FOX’s “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?” this May and left the show $25,000 richer. “It was truly and amazing experience that I will forever cherish!” he says.

A gifted educator, Pace served as Emory’s Assistant Dean of Admissions & Director of Multicultural Recruitment from 2005-2007. Now, he is an active community volunteer leader who works with Young Life’s College Ministry in Atlanta and the Latino Ministry. He also serves on the board of directors for both the Ivy Preparatory Academy Network of Schools and The Villages at Carver Family YMCA.

EmoryWire asked Pace about his experience on the wildly popular quiz show.

EmoryWire: Who was your opponent?

Tolton Pace

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Pace: There is no opponent on this show, just one host, me as the contestant, and a "class" of 5th graders who aided me in answering questions throughout the show. Their names are as follows: Dee, Tres, Lauren, Angela, and Mason.

EW: How many questions did you answer? Which question stumped you? 

Pace: I answered all 10 questions which earned me $500,000. Then I went for the $1,000,000 question which was as follows: 'Nobel Prize-winning scientist Marie Curie coined the word "radioactivity" after studying what element's ability to emit rays?" I gave the answer - Radium, however the show said that the correct answer was Uranium.

EW: Was being on a game show something you always wanted to do? 

Pace: I have certainly thought about it a lot over the years as my mom and I were "couch players." I always said that I would go after the opportunity if it presented itself . . . and that it did!

EW: Did you have particular plans for your winnings? 

Pace: The primary plan right now is to give a percentage to my church, save for my son's college fund, create a small scholarship/book award for an Emory Student or one from my high school, and wisely invest the remaining funds.

Pace is humble about his winning moment in the national spotlight. He says, “I hope that I made my family and my alma mater proud.”

Editor’s Note: For more information on “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” please visit here. Feeling lucky? Take the quiz here. "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader" airs Tuesdays at 8:00 PM (ET/PT) on FOX.

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Michelle Valigursky