A 12-year-old seventh grader from Grand Rapids, Michigan...

Emily Riippa

What happened when you found out you were going to be a contestant?
Uh, my parents just told me and I was not very happy, because, um... I don't know, I thought I was going to have to skip one of my favorite trips of all time--going to Michigan's Upper Peninsula--to be here, and I just really didn't want to do it, but it's kind of exciting now. It's sort of a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And, I feel lucky to have gotten it. Fortunate. Happy.

How did you prepare for today?
I studied a little of pop music, because I don't like pop music, and I thought that might be something on there.

What categories do you hope to see on the board?
Russian history, American presidents, science fiction, children's books, that sort of thing.

Do you have a favorite subject in school?
I like spelling and writing.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

"She is a fast reader, and her mother says she was born with a book in her hand..."

2004-B Kids Week winner: $14,800.

Favorite school subject: Spelling
Favorite book: Alanna Series by Tamara Pierce
Favorite movie: Star Wars--Saga
Favorite TV Show: Star Trek
Favorite food: Chicken
Favorite hobby: Writing + Reading
Do you have a role model? If so, who?: Sarah Brightman--she’s great! Hi to Marjorie, Carly, Carson, Emma, Eric Batts, Abbie and Jaspreet. A special “Hi” to my Uncle Brian!

Jeopardy! Message Board user name: Namida

Emily appeared in the following archived game:
#4627, aired 2004-10-19 Jake Houser vs. Nithya Kubendran vs. Emily Riippa 2004-B Kids Week game 2.

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