KU student to appear on Jeopardy

For the first time, a Kansas University student will be a contestant on the television game show “Jeopardy!”.

Mark Petterson, a 21-year-old from Prairie Village, is one of 15 students competing in the “Jeopardy!” 2009 College Championship. The winner takes home a $100,000 prize.

The two-week competition will be broadcast nationally starting May 4.

“Jeopardy!” contestant coordinators traveled the country searching for the best collegiate players and auditioned thousands, according to a press release from the TV show.

Since 1989, more than 150 colleges and universities have been represented in the tournament.

In the first week of competition, each player will appear in one of five episodes. The winners of each show and the next four highest money earners will advance to the semifinals.