selected to be on 'Jeopardy!'
The answer is: This fourth-year government and foreign affairs
major has been selected to appear on the national television game
is U. Va. student Molley Jesse?
was chosen from approximately 900 U.Va. students who auditioned
in October. The University was chosen as an audition site after
the school finished in first place in the "College Jeopardy!
Online" competition last semester.
audition involved three stages. All studentsa interested in gaining
a slot on the show answered a 10-question quiz. Those who did
well were given 50-question tests. Approximately 10 percent of
those top performers engaged in a mock "Jeopardy!" game
with buzzers. The show¹s officials took notes on the students¹
performance and appearance during the mock games.
learned of her selection when a WVIR camera crew surprised her
by announcing the news and filming her reaction as she sat in
a U.S. military history class.
did not practice before auditioning. "I think it was pure
luck -- or knowing too many useless facts," she said.
Jesse will compete at the "Jeopardy" studios in Culver
City, Calif., in mid-January, and the show (or shows, if she wins)
will air in February.
A graduate of A. C. Flora High School in Columbia, S.C., she is
the daughter of Harold Jesse of Columbia, S.C., and Alice Bradley
of Asheville, N.C.