NEW JERSEY TEEN MERYL FEDERMAN WINS FIRST-EVER?JEOPARDY!? SUMMER GAMES TEEN TOURNAMENT
(CULVER CITY, CA, July 27, 2007) - What is the best way to spend a summer vacation, Alex? How about by winning a Jeopardy! Championship title for $75,000?
Meryl Federman, a recent graduate of Livingston High School in Livingston, NJ, triumphed during the final round of the Jeopardy! Summer Games Teen Tournament.
Rebounding from a $25,000 deficit from the day before, Federman pulled ahead by successfully calculating her "Final Jeopardy!" wager to win the competition by a margin of $1. Federman secured a $75,000 grand prize and walked away with the honor of being a Jeopardy! tournament champion.
Federman's savvy wagering skills, along with knowing the correct "Final Jeopardy!" response, made the difference. "After I made the show, my parents gave me a book about Jeopardy! tips, which I read specifically for betting strategy," she said. "This has been a dream come true!"
When asked what she'll do with her winnings, Federman replied, "This summer, I'm very excited to be taking my first trip to Europe with my family to see Rome, Florence and Venice. And there's always the possibility of starting a campaign war chest! You know campaigns are starting earlier and earlier these days -- vote for me in 2040!"
An avid 3-D puzzle and Sudoku enthusiast who just turned 18, Federman's future plans include attending Harvard University in the fall with an emphasis in mathematics and physics.
Greg Peterson, a 17-year-old student at Maine South High School (Park Ridge, Ill.) finished second and won $38,600. Third place winner Kyle Neblett, a senior at
Aloha High School (Beaverton, Ore.), took home $36,400. During the two-week competition, the tournament featured 15 students from across the country.
The Jeopardy! Summer Games Teen Tournament was taped at the Sony Studios in Culver City, Calif. on March 12 and 13.
In the tournament, players compete in a series of five shows the first week. The winners of those games and the four highest money-earners go on to the semifinals, and the three winners of those shows proceed to a two-game finals match. The three finalists keep the money they accumulate in the last two games. Players reaching the semifinals are guaranteed $10,000, while every player is guaranteed at least $5,000. For more information regarding the tournament, please visit http://www.jeopardy.com/.
Jeopardy!, a winner of 27 Emmy awards since its debut in 1984, was recently inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for the most awards won by a TV game show. The series is the #1-rated quiz show in syndication and has held that title for over 1,000 weeks.
Jeopardy! is produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company. It is distributed domestically and internationally by CBS Television Distribution, a unit of CBS Corp.
For more information, please contact:
Jeff Ritter, Jeopardy! Senior Publicist (310) 244-6514
Susie Eun, Jeopardy! Publicity Coordinator, (310) 244-6517