This year’s Teen Jeopardy tournament was one to remember. Fifteen teenagers from around the country traveled to Washington DC and tested their trivia knowledge.
For example, contestant Sabrina Duong supplied an answer that went viral and became an internet sensation. She was in third place and could not think of the correct answer for the final clue, “Roughly half the size of Texas, it’s the largest structure made by living creatures and can even be seen from space”. Instead of writing down, ‘What is the Great Barrier Reef?’, the California teen wrote “What are those?” Referencing a popular internet meme from 2015. She didn’t win the game, and she lost her bet of $9,555, leaving her with only $45. Although, Sabrina left on a high, memorable note.
The most unforgettable moment was the nail biting conclusion to the two day finale of the tournament. The first and second place winners, Sharath Narayan and Alec Fischthal, played well and there was not a clear winner by the final clue. It was anyone’s game, but it came to a decisive end. The final clue, “William Bradford wrote that this document was partly inspired by the ‘mutinous speeches’ of some passengers”, did not stump any of the contestants. The correct answer, the Mayflower Compact, was given unanimously. The winner, Sharath Narayan won the game by only one dollar against the second place winner Alec Fischthal, as he strategically bet in order to do so. Alec was visibly crushed, but quickly regained his composure.
This year’s Teen Jeopardy Tournament was an exciting and impressive competition. This will definitely keep people talking talking until next year’s tournament.