A sportswriter from Winston-Salem, North Carolina...

Jelisa Castrodale

Hi North Carolina, I'm Jelisa Castrodale from Winston-Salem. Grab a hot, fresh doughnut and see if I can smoke the competition on Jeopardy!

[2010-09-21 Winner's Circle interview]
How does it feel to be a Jeopardy! champion?
This was unbelievable, unexpected, and, um, I'm still a little, uh, a little overwhelmed. So, um, Roger played a--a wonderful series, and, um, my hat's--my hat's off to him. So...

Were you intimidated by going up against such a strong returning champion?
Well, I mean, we've all watched him for the past--over the past week, uh, as he's, just, sort of demolished everyone, so... I mean, I knew he was a forminable--formidable opponent, um... I just wanted to play my game and try not to be intimidated, although that was--that was difficult.

Any messages to the folks back home?
I would like to thank my parents for always sort of fostering my creativity and my curiosity. Um, I've got a wonderful family who's always been very supportive. Uh, I really appreciate my boyfriend, who has put up with me from the audition until now as I've spouted off facts like, "Hey, Delaware just has three counties," so... [laughs] He's--he's been wonderful, but my family and friends have been fantastic, so...

Season 27 1-time champion: $39,399 + $1,000.

Name pronounced like "jell-EES-ah KASS-tro-dale".

Jelisa appeared in the following 2 archived games:
#5983, aired 2010-09-22 Jelisa Castrodale vs. Destiny Lilly vs. Russ Porter
#5982, aired 2010-09-21 Roger Craig vs. Matt Martin vs. Jelisa Castrodale Roger Craig game 7.

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