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U.Va. 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!"

Jesse, 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 semester.

The 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 show’s officials took notes on the students’ performance and appearance during the mock games.

Jesse 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.

Jesse did not practice before entering the competition at U.Va. "I think it was pure luck -- or knowing too many useless facts," she said.

A 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, NC.

Jesse will compete at the "Jeopardy" studios in Culver City, CA, in mid-January, and the show(s) will air in February.

For more information, contact Laine Sutten, promotions director, "Jeopardy!", at (310) 244-7459. Jesse can be reached at (804) 243-1447 or via mjj5u@virginia.edu.

Contact: Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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