Stewart, Centenary News Service,318-869-5120 (day) or 868-1067 (evening),
or Amy Boltinghouse Davis, Dallas-area College Relations Coordinator, 972-763-3124
Centenary grads participate
in "Best Friends" program on Wheel of Fortune
Sonia Monroe Fields '95 (left) and
Kelley McCrary Bernhard '95 (right) with
Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak
SHREVEPORT, LA -- A friendship forged
during their college days at Centenary and maintained thereafter will be
highlighted on national television Wednesday, May 16 as the Wheel of
Fortune game show airs its "Best Friends Week."
And although they won't reveal what
-- if anything -- they won, the two contestants will be sharing the experience
with their friends in Dallas during the 6:30 p.m. broadcast. While
friends and family will watch the program in Shreveport on KTAL-TV, Channel
6, members of the Dallas Young Alumni Chapter will gather at Nate's Seafood
to view the final results.
Sonia Monroe Fields, formerly of
Shreveport, and Kelley McCrary Bernhard, formerly of Bossier City, auditioned
in Dallas in February and March and were selected as contestants for the
March 18 taping. The two mathematics majors met in 1991 during their
first math class at Centenary. They became study pals and then fast
friends. Their friendship continued as each graduated from Centenary
in 1995 and moved to the Dallas area.
Fields, a graduate of Caddo Magnet
High School, is a pension administrator for Texas Benefit Planning. Bernhard,
an Airline High School graduate, teaches math at Highland Park High School.
The two have contributed diaries
about their experience to the Wheel of Fortune website (www.wheeloffortune.com).
Fields says, "I had such a good time throughout the entire experience.
Kelley and I made a good team because we consulted each other throughout
the game. I'm glad that I didn't have to play alone. This was the most
phenomenal thing that has ever happened to me. I had wanted to be on the
show since high school, and it was a real dream come true."
Bernhard says, "Sonia and I discussed
the fact that it would make a great edition of a news show to explain all
of what goes into being a game show contestant. There were a few tryouts--one
where you even had to take a written test! I can honestly say, though,
that even the tryouts were enjoyable. Wheel of Fortune has a wonderful
team that works with you and trains you to be a fabulous contestant. Not
to brag-but Sonia and I were great students!
"As for what I have learned, I can
pass a few things along. The wheel is heavy. Pat (Sajak) and Vanna (White)
are as sweet and down-to-earth as can be… You have a lot to think about
when you are up at the wheel (I can't image how hard it would have been
to go on by myself!) so it is definitely different from watching it at
home… But most importantly, the fun and excitement of being on the Wheel
far outweighs anything the nerves could do!"
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