November 22nd, 2010 | Uncategorized

Spaulding ’13 comes in second, wins $50,000 on “Jeopardy!”

Sam Spaulding ’13 was in jeopardy, but the good kind.

Spaulding, a computer science major in Jonathan Edwards college, placed second in the “Jeopardy!” College Championship, winning $50,000 in prize money.

“It was a really great experience, but kind of nerve racking,” Spaulding said.

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Despite his nerves, Spaulding made it to the last round of Jeopardy and answered the final jeopardy question correctly. The topic was “Our Living Planet” and the answer was “Several species appear in the Logo of the U.N.’s International year of this 12 letter word vital to the health of ‘life’ on Earth.”

Spaulding correctly wrote, “What is biodiversity?”

The winner of the tournament, Erin McLean from Boston University, won $100,000 in prize money, while Hans von Walter from Southern Adventist University, placed third with $25,000 in winnings.

When asked what his plans were for the prize money, Spaulding said: “I will probably use it to pay my Yale tuition.”