What happened when you found out you were going to be a contestant?
Well, originally, Local 10 News, my local ABC affiliate, was supposed to ambush me at school, but due to Hurricane Wilma, the day they were supposed to ambush me, we had a hurricane and we were all at home, so my mom had to keep it a secret for a week because of the news, but then because she couldn't tell me, she took me out to lunch with a bunch of my friends and they surprised me. I walked into the restaurant--had no clue why all of my friends were sitting there. And then they told me and I started jumping up and down. And then... Couldn't really get over it. I don't think I have yet.
How did you prepare for today?
Um, I didn't get power until a week ago, so I haven't had access to internet, I haven't had access to anything. I've only had school for four days up until now. So I didn't really have very much time to do much preparation, but my attitude with it has been, "If I know it, then I do, and if I don't, well, then someone else can have it."
Are you a big Jeopardy! fan?
Yeah, I'm a big Jeopardy! fan in general. One of the only problems is, because it's on at like 7:30 by my house, a lot of times in the middle of doing homework, or I have something after school. I don't necessarily get to watch it. Such that two weeks during Hurricane Wilma I couldn't watch TV at all.
Do you have a favorite Jeopardy! category?
Anything about England. I'm a pretty huge anglophile, so I think that would make me pretty happy to see on the board.
What will you do with the money if you win big?
Um, I think my mom wants me to save it all for college, but she did say that if I won a significant amount of money, I could take some of it and take a few friends to Europe.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Ten years from now I see myself in a stable career with a family, probably one or two kids that are pretty young. Married. Happy.
What are you most looking forward to today?
I think the overall experience--getting to meet Alex, I mean, he's Alex Trebek, c'mon, he's the host of Jeopardy! so that's a pretty huge deal, but also just getting to meet the kids and getting to know fourteen other individuals who are very similar to me in the respect of liking Jeopardy!