FIFTEEN OF AMERICA’S SMARTEST TEENS TO COMPETE IN 'JEOPARDY!' TEEN TOURNAMENT
Episodes to air April 30-May 11
CULVER CITY, CALIF. (April 23, 2012) – Beginning Monday, April 30, “Jeopardy!” will feature 15 of the nation’s sharpest students competing for a $75,000 grand prize in the Teen Tournament, a perennial fan favorite. This year’s competitors were selected from over 20,000 students who applied for a spot in the elite tournament.
The first week of the tournament was taped on the “Jeopardy!” stage at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, Calif. The nine semi-finalists are moving on to Washington, D.C. to compete in front of an audience of thousands at DAR Constitution Hall.
The following have been selected to compete:
NAME AGE HOMETOWN
Krishna Bharathala 15 Fremont, Calif.
Catherine Briley 17 Grand Prairie, La.
Evan Eschliman 16 Olathe, Kan.
Morgan Flood 17 Pequea, Pa.
Gabriela Gonzales 17 Winston-Salem, N.C.
Ben Greenho 17 Plano, Texas
Jeff Haylon 15 Newtown, Conn.
Sam Leanza 17 Laguna Hills, Calif.
Elyse Mancuso 16 Omaha, Neb.
Anshika Niraj 16 Beachwood, Ohio
Caleb Olson 17 Chariton, Iowa
Rose Schaefer 16 Portland, Ore.
Rob Schrader 17 Lexington, Ky.
Eliza Scruton 16 Louisville, Ky.
Kevin Yang 16 Birmingham, Ala.
The second place winner will earn $25,000 and third place $15,000. Semifinalists receive $10,000, and contestants eliminated in the first round receive $5,000.
“Jeopardy!,” the winner of a 2012 Peabody award and 29 Emmy awards, including the 2011 Emmy for Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Program, was 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 with 25 million viewers each week. “Jeopardy!” is produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company. It is distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by CBS Television International, both units of CBS Corp.