Have you ever wanted to be a contestant on Jeopardy!? A couple of local teens already have–while in high school.
Lila Anderson, 17, a resident of Minnetonka who attends Providence Academy in Plymouth, will be among the 15 contestants vying for a $75,000 grand prize.
The 15 contestants, ages 13 to 18, competed in an intense academic showdown in the hopes of claiming the grand prize and the coveted champion title.
Nearly 10,000 students took an online test to get a spot on the show.
Joe Vertnik, 17, of Mound Westonka High School, will also compete in the tournament.
The episodes featuinrg the teens start airing Jan. 30.
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Update: While Lila put in a great effort on Jeopardy! Wednesday, Jan. 30, she placed third to end her time in the tournament. Great try, Lila!
The contestant field:
· Tori Amos, 16, a sophomore at Northmont High School in Englewood, Ohio
· Lila Anderson, 17, a junior at Providence Academy in Minnetonka, Minn.
· Barrett Block, 17, a senior at Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Ky.
· Arjun Byju, 17, a senior at Pine View School in Sarasota, Fla.
· Leonard Cooper, 16, a senior at eStem High Public Charter School in Little Rock, Ark.
· William Crouch, 16, a sophomore at Northside High School in Warner Robins, Ga.
· Kelton Ellis, 15, a junior at Central High School in Macon, Ga.
· Emily Greenberg, 17, a senior at Staples High School in Westport, Conn.
· Olivia Hummer, 17, a senior at Bishop Amat Memorial High School in Covina, Calif.
· Brittany Poppen, 16, a junior at Millennium High School in Goodyear, Ariz.
· Nilai Sarda, 13, a freshman at The Westminster Schools in Marietta, Ga.
· Katie Stone, 17, a senior at Silva Health Magnet High School in El Paso, Texas
· Irene Vazquez, 14, an eighth grader at St. John’s School in Houston, Texas
· Joe Vertnik, 17, a senior at Mound Westonka High School in Mound, Minn.
· Jordan Villanueva, 17, a senior at Central A&M High School in Moweaqua, Ill.