A Kentucky seventh-grader has set a record for the highest one-day total in Jeopardy! Kids Week history. Skyler Hornback, 12, of Sonora, near Elizabethtown, won $66,600 on Wednesday's episode of the television quiz show. [See Skyler's Facebook page]
His total is also the third-highest one-day total in the history of the syndicated program.
"I never dreamed I would set a Kids Week record," Skyler said in a news release from Jeopardy!
He plans to put his winnings toward paying for college. "It's still hard for me to believe this small-town boy from Kentucky actually appeared on Jeopardy! and won."
Kids Week, the show's special event for contestants ages 10 to 12, continues through Friday.
During his on-air interview with host Alex Trebek, Skyler mentioned his ability to recite the Gettysburg Address from memory and his affinity for all things related to Abraham Lincoln.
"Lincoln is a very intriguing figure because most people think they know him when they really don't," Skyler said. "There was so much behind that beard and top hat that people just do not realize."
As luck would have it, the Final Jeopardy! category for that day's game was "The Civil War." Feeling confident in his knowledge of the subject, Skyler made a gutsy wager.
"After I wrote down the $30,000 wager, I spent quite a few moments thinking about what I had done," he said. "Then, I closed my eyes, took a deep breath, and jabbed the pen on the submit button before I had any second thoughts. I'm really glad I did."
Jeopardy! airs in Lexington at 7:30 p.m. weekdays on WKYT-TV (Channel 27).