Idrees Kahloon, a junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington, advanced to the semifinals of the Jeopardy! Teen Tournament after winning his quarterfinal game, televised Tuesday night.
Idrees led for most of the game and went into the Final Jeopardy round with $27,000, more than twice the score of his nearest competitor. All three contestants correctly answered the Final Jeopardy question, in the category "19th-Century Names": "In an 1845 autobiography, he wrote, 'You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.'' The answer: Frederick Douglass.
But because Idrees couldn't be caught, he wagered nothingm finishing and winning the game with $27,000. He will play in one of the semifinal matches, but the airdate has not been determined. Jeopardy! airs at 7:30 p.m. weeknights on WKYT (Channel 27).
The tournament, which started with 14 students from across the country, was taped in December in California. The grand prize is $75,000. The runner-up gets at least $50,000, and the third-place finisher receives at least $25,000. Semifinalists get $10,000, and contestants eliminated in the first round receive $5,000 each.