South Dakota High School Student Narrowly Misses ‘Jeopardy!’ Cut
It was an exciting Friday afternoon for Sioux Falls and Brandon Valley High School. One student had a special opportunity to compete in the Jeopardy! High School Reunion Tournament on national television.
Brandon Valley High School senior Ryan Presler competed with two other contestants for a chance to win $100,000. Was Ryan able to move on to the semi-final round?
Ryan was neck and neck with his two competitors throughout the episode. When it was time for the "Final Jeopardy" question, Ryan was sitting comfortably in second place. The category for "Final Jeopardy" was a question about "The Ancient World." See if you can figure out the answer. Here was the question:
The Ancient writer Galen said books on ships arriving to the city's port were seized, originals kept & copies returned.
This is a tough question, luckily for Ryan, he figured out the question pretty easily. As you can see, the Sioux Falls native knew the answer almost immediately.
With that correct answer from Ryan, he added $9,801 to his already $11,000. His new total? $20,801. Unfortunately, Ryan's competitor Jackson Jones from Vanderbilt University also answered the question correctly. His money wager was just stronger than Ryan's.
Despite the tough loss, Ryan did an amazing job and represented South Dakota well! This national competition show is not easy. Ryan ended his Jeopardy! run in second place.
Ryan, we are all so proud of you! Just wait...the next time you have a chance to be part of Jeopardy! you'll be ready!
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