A 12-year-old from Whitmore Lake, Michigan...

Allyson Lieberman

Hi! I'm Allyson and it's Jeopardy! Holiday Kids Week. Happy Holidays!

How long have you been watching Jeopardy!?
I've been watching Jeopardy! since I was really, really little.

What is your favorite Jeopardy! category and why?
My favorite Jeopardy! category is either FOOD or anything having to do with words. My mom cooks a lot, and I think anything having to do with food is really fascinating, and I've--I just love words.

How did you find out that you were selected to be on Jeopardy!?
Well, we received a phone call, and we checked our caller ID, and it said, um, "Number not available." So we thought it might have been a telemarketer, so we let it ring through to the answering machine. And then we heard, "Hi, this is Jeopardy!..." and we picked up, and it was really exciting.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
When I grow up, I want to be an actress, because, I've just loved to act.

"Since she was little, she has truly loved to act. Broadway, here she comes! From Whitmore Lake, Michigan, meet..."

2001 Holiday Kids Week winner: $26,200.

Allyson's mother Julie Kovach later appeared on Jeopardy! in game #5097, aired 2006-11-07.

Allyson also participated in the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee three times; in 1999, she was the youngest speller in the Bee at age nine. She can be seen in the special features on the DVD of the 2002 documentary Spellbound.

Allyson appeared in the following archived game:
#3986, aired 2001-12-24 Nick Dnistrian vs. Lauren Kutner vs. Allyson Lieberman 2001 Holiday Kids Week game 1.

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