Two local people appear on national TV game shows

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Two local folks are getting their fifteen minutes of fame on national TV game shows.

Thursday morning, Southern Wells Community Schools superintendent Steve Darnell was called up to be on “Let’s Make A Deal.”

He was dressed as a jester, and had a choice between cash and a box. He chose a box and won…mouthwash gravy!

Despite his lack of winning, Steve had a great time.

“It was a blast. I would recommend that to anyone. So, it was fun. I mean just the process. The stage, it’s not as big as it appears on TV.  But just the enthusiasm, the energy in the room, that was fun, that was fun,” says Steve.

Steve isn’t the only one on the national stage. Danielle Frecker from Fort Wayne competed on “Wheel of Fortune.”

She tried out for the show in Indianapolis and flew out to tape the show in November. 

“I’ve always wanted to do it.  So when I found out I was going to get the opportunity, I just lept for joy. You know, I was just completely speechless.  It was definitely a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity…I never thought something like this would happen to me, so I’m just soaking it all in and enjoying it while I can.”

She said she worked hard to prepare for the show, even having her husband practice with her.

“My husband went through an extensive training bootcamp with me. Going through puzzles, testing my speed, and everything like that so you know, it is something you want to take the time. Really do your homework so you can do the best chance and do your best job.”

Frecker was able to bring her husband, mom and a friend to the show which aired Thursday.

She started the episode strong winning the opening toss up and she didn’t stop there. After winning more puzzles and picking up two 1/2 car tiles to win a Ford Fiesta, she made it to the final puzzle. Though she didn’t win that, she did take home a total of $27,490 from the show. 

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