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April 27, 2012 > Local student to appear on Jeopardy! Teen Tournament

Local student to appear on Jeopardy! Teen Tournament

By Catherine Kirch

Starting Monday, April 30, the nation's smartest high-school students will compete in the Jeopardy! Teen Tournament. Krishna Bharathala, a sophomore at Mission San Jose High School in Fremont will join 15 other contestants as they vie for a $75,000 grand prize on the quiz show.

15-year-old Bharathala will be one of the youngest competitors in the tournament this year, testing his knowledge against a group of mostly 16- and 17-year-olds. "Krishna is a remarkable young man," says Maggie Speak, Jeopardy! Contestant Producer. Contestants were selected from over 20,000 applicants through a series of tests, interviews, and mock games. Clues for the Teen Tournament are created by the same writers that generate clues for the adult version of Jeopardy! Though clues are designed for the high-school age group, succeeding in the tournament will be an exciting challenge.

The tournament will air weekdays from April 30 through May 11 at 7 p.m. The first week, filmed in Culver City, California, features all contestants, three on each weeknight. Nine semi-finalists will move on to compete in Washington, D.C.

Tune in to Jeopardy! May 2 at 7 p.m. to cheer on Krishna Bharathala and find out if he will advance to the next round.

Photo Caption: Krishna Bharathala and Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek (courtesy of Jeopardy Productions, Inc.)

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