Carmel undergraduate to compete in “Jeopardy” College Championship


Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 1, “Jeopardy!” will broadcast its 24th College Championship with 15 of the nation’s brightest college students competing for the $100,000 grand prize and a guaranteed spot in the Tournament of Champions.

“As with most things in life, the cost of a college education is steadily on the rise,” said “Jeopardy!” Host Alex Trebek. “With over a quarter million dollars in cash prizes, we want to reward the accomplishments of these incredibly sharp students by investing in their future and helping them reach their full potential.”

More than 12,000 undergraduate students competed for slots in the elite tournament. Harvard University will make its 14th appearance in the competition and has been represented more than any other university. This year also marks the first time that Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Eastern Illinois University and Goucher College will compete in the championship. The colleges in the tournament range in size from the 1,446-student Goucher College to Indiana University with 32,543 undergraduates.

The following students are competing for the coveted “Jeopardy!” title:


Sarah Bart


Goucher College


Philadelphia, Pa.

Sarah Bauer 21 Indiana University Carmel, Ind.
Tyler Benedict 21 Columbia University Dayton, Ohio
Jaime Alayon 19 The George Washington University Miami, Fla.
Greer Mackebee 22 Duke University Knoxville, Tenn.
Zach McDonnell 18 The College of William & Mary Harrisonburg, Va.
Marie McGraw 21 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Cleveland, Ohio
Weston Mangin 19 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Arroyo Grande, Calif.
Matt Olson 20 Stanford University Berkeley, Calif.
Charlie Rooney 19 Loyola University Chicago Minneapolis, Minn.
Anne Rozek 19 Eastern Illinois University Cary, Ill.
Connie Shi 19 University of Michigan Okemos, Mich.
Zack Terrill 21 Vanderbilt University Winter Springs, Fla.
Monica Thieu 18 University of North Texas Dallas, Texas
Carrie Tian 17 Harvard University Greenville, S.C.







The second place winner will earn a minimum of $50,000 and third place $25,000. Semifinalists receive $10,000, and contestants eliminated in the first round receive $5,000. Since 1989, more than 150 colleges and universities have been represented in the tournament, with nearly $3 million in cash prizes awarded to the students.


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