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Jeopardy!’ college tournament to feature KU student Monday

May 3, 2009


Mark Petterson, a Kansas University senior from Prairie Village, appears on “Jeopardy!” on Monday as part of the television game show’s college tournament.

The shows were taped earlier in California, but Petterson is under obligation from the show to not discuss the results before the show airs.

“It was an extraordinary experience in the sense that the average person rarely, if ever, gets to experience something like that,” Petterson said.

He said the whole experience was quite enjoyable — he got to fly to Los Angeles for a week and miss some scheduled classes.

The winners of each of five first-round shows, along with the next four highest finishers, will go on to the semifinals.

In the second week, the nine semifinalists will compete in three episodes for a place in the two-game final match.

Petterson’s appearance marks the first time KU has been represented on the show’s college championship tournament.

The buzzer system was a bit difficult to manage at first, Petterson said.

While he knew the answers to many questions, he said his competitors did too, making the operation of the buzzer system very important.

“It’s so much different than watching at home,” he said.

He said his family and friends planned to have a watch party Monday at a local bar.

The show airs locally on Sunflower Broadband’s Channel 14 at 4:30 p.m. and Channel 12 at 5 p.m.

The winner of the tournament is guaranteed $100,000, with a minimum of $50,000 for second place and $25,000 for third place. Semifinalists receive $10,000 and players eliminated in the first round take home $5,000.


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