Knowing Alexander Hamilton’s statue stands at the U.S. Treasury in Washington D.C. gave Henry Clay High School junior Jay Schrader a come-from-behind victory Thursday night in the Jeopardy! Teen Tournament. The $17,000 victory guaranteed Schrader will return next week for the semi-final rounds of the two-week contest between 15 high school students from across the country.
Schrader started the show hot, rolling up cash naming the homes of sports teams, until he fumbled the home of the Cornhuskers — Lincoln, Neb. He also never got a Double Jeopardy question, but stacked up cash answering tweedy art questions about Thomas Gainsborough and Peter Paul Rubens and then shifting to prime time TV to answer a question about the new FOX series Fringe. Schrader entered Final Jeopardy $1,200 behind aspiring writer Sarah Marks, but his $2,000 bet paid off as Marks missed the question.
In his interview segment, Schrader told host Alex Trebek that his career goal is to become a general manager of a professional sports team, preferably in the NFL.
Winners of this week’s five tournament games will appear in one of three games next Monday through Wednesday, along with the four top money winners who did not win. Schrader’s round will be shown Tuesday night. The winners of those games will compete in the two-day finals, with a guaranteed minimum prize of $75,000 for the winner.
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Friday night, Grayson teen Shelby Malone will compete in the tournament. Due to the UK-VMI basketball game being shown on WKYT, Jeopardy! will be shown on WKYT’s CW station, Insight Channel 5 in Lexington.