Student Wins Slot On "Jeopardy!"
Nov. 29, 1999 -- Molley Jesse, a fourth-year
student at the University of Virginia, has been selected to appear
on the national television game show "Jeopardy!"
a government and foreign affairs major, was chosen out of approximately
900 U.Va. students who showed up to audition in October. The University
was chosen as an audition site after the school finished in first
place in the "College Jeopardy! Online" competition last
audition involved three separate stages. All students interested
in gaining a slot on the show first 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 shows officials took notes on the students
performance and appearance during the mock games.
received news of her selection in an unusual manner. A local television
crew surprised her by announcing the news and filming her reactions
as she sat in a U.S. military history class at U.Va.
did not practice before entering the competition at U.Va. "I
think it was pure luck -- or knowing too many useless facts,"
graduate of A. C. Flora High School in Columbia, SC, she is the
daughter of Harold Jesse of Columbia, SC, and Alice Bradley of Asheville,
will compete at the "Jeopardy" studios in Culver City,
CA, in mid-January, and the show(s) will air in February.
more information, contact Laine Sutten, promotions director, "Jeopardy!",
at (310) 244-7459. Jesse can be reached at (804) 243-1447 or via
Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857