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Jeopardy! Teen Reunion Tournament

The Jeopardy! Teen Tournament is one of the traditional tournaments held each season on the TV quiz show Jeopardy! Contestants in this tournament are primarily high school students, and between the ages of thirteen and seventeen. A field of 15 players compete in this tournament; one alternate is invited as a standby, but the alternate has never entered competition. The daily syndicated version of the show has conducted Teen Tournament each season since 1987,[1] with two being held in Season 23 (2006-07). In the last two weeks of July 2007, a second Teen Tournament took place which was known as the Summer Games Tournament, making this the first (and only, to date) time in the daily syndicated Jeopardy!'s 27-year history that there were two Teen Tournaments held in the same season.

The format used by the Teen Tournament format is identical to that of the Tournament of Champions and the College Championship: 5 quarterfinal games produce 5 semifinalists (winners) and 4 wildcard semifinalists (high scorers among nonwinners); 3 semifinals produce 3 finalists who compete in a 2-game final.

Contestant selection


Would-be contestants mailed postcards with their names and addresses to Jeopardy!. 1,200 teens were selected at random from the postcard entries and were invited to come (at their own expense) to one of four regional test centers (e.g. Houston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles) to take a timed written qualifying examination with the 50 clues read by Alex Trebek on a video monitor at the front of an exam room. Passing scorers were invited back for an interview and mock game using an electronic buzzer system. Their photographs are taken for their files, and they are asked to fill out a short information sheet with interesting facts about themselves that may be later used by Alex Trebek during the interview portion of the show. Selected contestants and alternates were notified that they had been chosen to appear on the show one to two months later. They are then flown to Los Angeles to tape the show. Taping occurs over a period of two days, with the five quarterfinals played on the first day and the three seminfinals and two final games played on the second day. Accommodations were provided for the contestants at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, with taping taking place at the Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California.


Contestants registered on the Jeopardy! web site rather than submitting postcards. As before, a select number of registrants were invited to audition and take a written test at a regional audition. Accommodations for contestants are provided at the Hilton in Universal City, California.


All web site registrants take a 50-question timed online test at one set test time, usually late February. The test is given using Adobe Flash and takers are given 15 seconds per clue to type in their answers. A random selection of those who pass the test are invited to attend regional auditions in November at 4 locations around the United States at which another 50-question written test is given, followed by interviews and mock games. The number of students selected for the regional auditions is usually around 300, from which 15 are selected for the show.


The prize amounts for all contestants are as follows:

Period Finalists (minimum guarantees) Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
Winner 1st runner-up 2nd runner-up
1987-Winter 1997 $25,000

(and a spot in the Tournament of Champions)

$10,000 $7,500 $5,000 $1,000
Fall 1997–2000 $15,000 $10,000 $2,500
2001 $50,000
2002–2003 $20,000 $15,000[1]
2004–2005 $75,000[1] $25,000[1]
2006–present $10,000[1] $5,000[1]

Other prizes

  • 2005 Teen Tournament contestants were awarded a computer package.
  • The 2003 Teen Tournament winner was awarded a silver 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle.
  • The 2002 Teen Tournament winner was awarded a 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS Convertible ("Spyder").
  • The 2001 Teen Tournament winner was awarded a Chevrolet Tracker.
  • Until 2001, all Teen Tournament winners were invited to participate in the Tournament of Champions.[2]
  • The 1999-B Teen Tournament winner was awarded a Chevrolet Cavalier.

List of participants

The following is a list of contestants and where they placed in the tournament. Winners and runners-up who earned more than the minimum guarantees are as indicated in parentheses.

Finalists Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
Alex Trebek Era (1984–present)
Season 3 (February 16–27, 1987)
Winner: Michael Galvin[3]
1st runner-up: Mitch Epner ($13,800)
2nd runner-up: Dana Venator
Mike Becker
Paul Egendorf
Brian Kalt
Salil Kumar
Lisa Patterson
David Simon
Felicia Corralez
Creswell Formey
Curt King
Dawn-Marie Nolan
Sara Stanchina
Amy Wilson
Season 4 (February 8–19, 1988)
Winner: Michael Block[3]
1st runner-up: David Javerbaum ($21,400)
2nd runner-up: David Graham
Jason Albert
Chris Capozzola
Sasha Dublin
Neil Gronewetter
Mark Wong
Stephanie Wulfestig
Mia Diamond
Sarah Fanning
Delaine Foss
Gene Hayes
Eric Reid
Julie Robichaux
Season 5 (February 6–17, 1989)
Winner: Eric Newhouse ($28,100)[3]
1st runner-up: Stanley Wu ($15,700)
2nd runner-up: Elena Whitley ($13,400)
Kristen Brimus
Don Chase
Ryan Godfrey
Matt Lindley
3Peter Morris
David Dodson
Tracy Fisher
Marnie Helfrich
Samantha Moeschler
Matt Pearson
Laura Speer
Season 6 (February 5–16, 1990)
Winner: Jamie Weiss ($26,000)[3]
1st runner-up: Andrew McGeorge ($15,400)
2nd runner-up: Richard Morris ($11,799)
Peji Ghanouni
Mike Grant
Scott Hoffman
Beth Mullins
3Wen Shen
Avi Stadler
Chris Black
Jennifer Dikes
Dionne King
Sharon Kristal
Kate Veksler
Stacey White
Season 7 (February 11–22, 1991)
Winner: Andy Westney[3]
1st runner-up: Dana Bacon
2nd runner-up: Julie Knauer
Joanne Chan
Robert Fielding
Jim Palusak
Maggie Large
Francesca Khactu
Season 8 (February 24 – March 6, 1992)
Winner: April McManus[3]
1st runner-up: Cori Van Noy
2nd runner-up: Jill Young
Dylan Fulmer 3Muffy Marracco Morris
Melissa Murray
Andrew Brown
Season 9 (February 1–12, 1993)
Winner: Fraser Woodford ($28,999)[3]
1st runner-up: Jesse Roach ($12,600)
2nd runner-up: Mit Robertson ($8,400)
Carrie Pruett
Colin Rafferty
Anne Black
Nancy Dickmann
Chauncey Dobberson
Patricia Larash
Lev Osherovich
Suj Vijayan
Brent Keeling
Jessie Gile
Season 10 (February 7–18, 1994)
Winner: Matt Morris ($29,601)[3]
1st runner-up: Peter Steffen
2nd runner-up: Paul Loeffler
E.J. Ciraki
Jesse Irwin
Jeremy Manta
Gerry Tansey
Dorothy Thompson
Felicia Wu
Scott Alport
Rebecca Cinderbrand
Alice Handley
Carsten Reichel
Valerie Voldivici
Jonathan Zimmerman
Season 11 (February 6–17, 1995)
Winner: Matthew Zielenski ($42,300)[3]
1st runner-up: Susannah Batko-Yovino ($26,200)
2nd runner-up: Deborah Sager ($17,300)
Chris Jacobs
Sujit Raman
Matthew Sandler
Shannon Shelton
Chuck Truesdell
Halla Yang
Erika Brown
Courtney Donovan
3Gwen Shen
Gus Splittorf
Jim Stichen
Martha Van Hoy
Season 12 (May 6–17, 1996)
Winner: 1Amanda Goad ($31,200)[3]
1st runner-up: 1Derek Bridges ($31,200)
2nd runner-up: Joe Gurski ($24,800)
Linda Alila
Julee Baber
Anthony Chiu
Peter M. Friedman
Geoffrey Hatchard
Ben Healy
Carmen Abrazado
Heather Burnett
Talisha Burton
Lawson Fite
Penelope Pajel
Jodi Sangster
Season 13 (February 3–14, 1997)
Winner: Josh Den Hartog[3]
1st runner-up: Justin Powell ($17,125)
2nd runner-up: Akiva Fox
Fran Bigman
Matthew Burgess
Pooja Dhume
Brandon Frantz
Faith Hillis
Tanis O'Connor
Chad Bell
Audrey Droesch
Sharon Druck
Rita Hamad
Brian Joseph
Alex Rubalcaya
Season 14 (November 3–14, 1997), with its second week at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC
Winner: Sahir Islam ($26,300)[2][3]
1st runner-up: Enos Williams ($20,800)
2nd runner-up: Kristen Stuckey ($14,400)
Evan Johnson
Jonathan Lowe
James Sumner
Kathy Thompson
Bea Vo
Kira Whelan
Julie Anastasi
Meghan Arnold
Rachel Johnson
Deon Lackey
Jennifer Rehmann
Justin Watkins
Season 15 (February 22 – March 5, 1999)
Winner: Melissa Sexstone[3]
1st runner-up: Trish Ranney ($17,600)
2nd runner-up: Elizabeth Nyman
Jeff Cary
Lina Ghosh
Katie Halliday
Oliver Longwell
Sam Sanker
Joan Williams
Nate Budde
2Milo Dochow
Brian Dunlap
Lindsay Embysk
Kitty Roberts
Rubani Trimiew
Season 16 (November 1–12, 1999), with its second week at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City
Winner: Chacko George[3]
1st runner-up: Emily Deveau
2nd runner-up: Kristy Jones ($10,700)
Jack Challis
Erin Gell
Gerrit Hall
Brittan Heller
Chrissy Ijams
Elizabeth Norton
Miguel Dickson
Scott Duquette
Brian Golden
Marcia Hensley
Brian Polk
Adam Trabka
Season 17 (April 30 – May 11, 2001), at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Winner: Graham Gilmer[3]
1st runner-up: Andy Siegler
2nd runner-up: Colleen Mahoney
Katherine Bushey
Ryan Ballangee
Logan Bell
Misti Coronel
Jonathan Reinstein
Alexis Stevens
Caley Anderson
Paige Feldman
Tom Hartmann
Nicole Reimer
Amanda Trujillo
Farah Zolghadr
Season 18 (February 4–15, 2002)
Winner: Bernard Holloway[3]
1st runner-up: George Nelson ($29,497)
2nd runner-up: Seth Disner ($28,900)
Lindsey Bartlett
Heidi Greimann
Emily Karrs
Andy Kravis
Evan Stewart
Liana Walters
Anna Gohmann
Blake Hernandez
Seveen Kannankara
Margaret Monroe
Allie Pape
Dan Royles
Season 19 (February 3–14, 2003)
Winner: John Zhang[3]
1st runner-up: Tyler Allard ($28,400)
2nd runner-up: Anthony Valente ($24,799)
Russell Berris
Stephanie Ehresman
John Matthews
Tara Karr
Benjamin Swartz
Shuyu Wang
Susan Bellenot
Kendra Chapman
Jonathan Gillerman
Joel Knight
Brittany McCants
Elizabeth Mullowney
Season 20 (February 9–20, 2004)
Winner: Jennifer Wu[3]
1st runner-up: Chris Holden
2nd runner-up: Courtney Bennis
Meghan Apfelbaum
Heather Goodlett
Kerry Lambeth
Muhammad Meigooni
Matt Nordsten
Oliver Sherouse
Ashley Anderson
Emily Birkel
Lauren Drell
Brad Hoff
Jason Rindenau
Zach Schoepflin
Season 21 (January 26 – February 8, 2005)
Winner: Michael Braun[3]
1st runner-up: Wes Kovarik ($30,000)
2nd runner-up: Anne Shivers ($18,000)
Caitlin Cook
Ruvani Fonseka
Steve Golden
Jimmy Li
Peter Severson
Orlando Zambrano
Vanamali Compton
Amy Fletcher
Allan Long
Whitney Prince
Kerri Regan
Chloé White
Season 22 (February 6–17, 2006)
Winner: Papa Chakravarthy[3]
1st runner-up: Andrew Kreitz
2nd runner-up: Matt Klein
Camille Bullock
Joseph Graumann
Iddoshe Hirpa
David Hoffelmeyer
Sebastian Johnson[4]
Allison Peña
Laura Ansley
Katie James
Loren Loiacono
Lauren Romero
Kenneth Schlax
Andrew Watkins
Season 23 (February 5–16, 2007)
Winner: David Walter[3]
1st runner-up: Ben Schenkel ($42,800)
2nd runner-up: Stephen Fritz ($25,460)
Caroline Bartman
Frank Firke
Heidi Fogle
Naomi Hinchen
Myles Jeffrey
Hank Robinson
Kristin Briggs
Allison Dziuba
Jeffrey Gerlomes
Caroline Jones
Heidi Liu
Eliza Urban
Season 23 Teen Tournament Summer Games (July 16–27, 2007)
Winner: Meryl Federman[3]
1st runner-up: Greg Peterson ($38,600)
2nd runner-up: Kyle Neblett ($36,400)
Lisa Ackerman
Jeffrey Baer
Kriti Gandhi
Rachel Gottesman
Andy Hutchins
Aiden Pink
Kristiana Henderson
Amy Levine
Tommy Maranges
Lindsey Nicolai
Ben Noe
Amy Varallo
Season 24 (February 11–22, 2008)
Winner: Rachel Horn[3][5]
1st runner-up: Rachel "Steve" Cooke[5] ($25,000)
2nd runner-up: Zia Choudhury[5] ($18,000)
Hunter Brown
Will Casper
Todd Faulkenberry
Katie Gill
Melissa Luttmann
Naren Tallapragada
Maria Bennici
Bonnie Cao
Mollie Haycock
Becky Kralle
Janelle Lambert
Nick Philip
Season 25 (November 10–21, 2008)
Winner: Anurag Kashyap[3]
1st runner-up: Bradley Silverman ($44,600)
2nd runner-up: Audrey Hosford ($26,400)
Ben Chuchla
Shelby Malone
Sarah Marx
Brandon Saunders
3Jay Schrader
Karan Takhar
Haley Batz
Charlie Carbery
Casey Clough
Katie Houghton
Drew Scheeler
Christopher Weis
Season 26 (November 2–13, 2009)[6]
Winner: Rachel Rothenberg[7]
1st runner-up: Will Dantzler ($31,600)[8]
2nd runner-up: Aidan Mehigan[9]
Zach Blumenfeld
Solomon Howard
Gabriel Johnson
Hema Karunakaram[1]
Gabe Orlet
Lindsay Oxx[10]
Bonny Jain
Emily Lever
Stephanie Radke
Samantha Reback
Kennedy Stomps
Forrest Sturgill
Season 27 (February 17 – March 2, 2011)[11]
Winner: Raynell Cooper[12]
1st runner-up: Kailyn LaPorte ($42,600)[12]
2nd runner-up: Raya Elias-Pushett ($20,851)[12]
Nikhil Desai
Erin Hart[13]
Idrees Kahloon[14]
Lindsey Thiesfeld
Kate Wadman
Brandon Welch
Cosi Audi
Raphie Cantor
Steven Ho[15]
Christian Ie[16]
Carlee Jensen[13]
Andrew Van Duyn
Season 28 (April 30 – May 11, 2012) with its second week at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC
Winner: Elyse Mancuso ($79,600)[3]
1st runner-up: Rose Schaefer ($36,000)
2nd runner-up: Catherine Briley ($31,000)
Krishna Bharathala
1Evan Eschliman
Ben Greenho
Anshika Niraj
Eliza Scruton
Kevin Yang
Morgan Flood
1Gabriela Gonzales
Jeff Haylon
Sam Leanza
Caleb Olson
3Rob Schrader
Season 29 (January 30 – February 12, 2013)
Winner:4Leonard Cooper[3]
1st runner-up: Barrett Block ($35,600)
2nd runner-up: Nilai Sarda 4 ($26,400)
Tori Amos
William Crouch
Kelton Ellis
4Emily Greenberg
4Irene Vazquez
Joe Vertnik
Lila Anderson
Arjun Byju
Olivia Hummer
Brittany Poppen
Katie Stone
Jordan Villanueva

^1 Amanda Goad and Derek Bridges were tied for first place at the end of the 1996 Teen Tournament. The tie was broken in a special tiebreaker round. The category was U.S. Cities and the answer was "A November 1995 Bosnian peace accord is named for this city". The correct response, given by Amanda, was "What was Dayton, Ohio?". The 2012 Teen Tournament also ended in a tie in the last quarterfinal match between Evan Eschliman and Gabriela Gonzales. The category was Literary Characters and the answer was "Although he doesn't actually appear in 1984, his presence is everywhere—on posters, coins & telescreens". The correct response, given by Evan was "Who is Big Brother?" (Evan advanced to the semifinals, but Gabriela didn't have enough money to make it via wildcard). [17]

^2 Due to a questionable judges' ruling in Final Jeopardy!, Milo Dochow was brought back for the Winter 2000 Jeopardy! College Championship; however, he failed to advance to the semifinals.

^3 Peter Morris in 1989 and Muffy Marracco Morris in 1992 were the first pair of siblings to appear on the Teen Tournament. Peter Morris appeared again on the 1998 Teen Reunion Tournament. Wen Shen in 1990 and Gwen Shen of 1995 were also brother and sister. Jay Schrader (2008) and Rob Schrader (2012) are also brothers.

^4 Leonard Cooper in 2013 is the only contestant in Jeopardy! tournament (all tournaments combined) to lose his semifinal but win the tournament. A triple-zero score in the second semifinal necessitated the use of the wild card option in the semifinals, similar to the first round. In the third semifinal, Nilai Sarda ($30,400) defeated Cooper ($30,200) and Emily Greenberg ($24,400). The only other non-zero semifinal score was Irene Vazquez ($100) from the first semifinal.


A console game based on the Teen Tournament was released in the mid 1990s for the Nintendo Game Boy.

Teen Reunion Tournament

The Jeopardy! Teen Reunion Tournament was a special one-week tournament held in November 1998 at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts in Boston, Massachusetts that invited back 12 former Teen Tournament contestants from the first three tournaments on Jeopardy!


Twelve former Teen Tournament contestants competed three at a time in four qualifying round matches. Winning contestants who were among the top three scorers would play in the final match for $50,000. Losing qualifiers took home $5,000, while the non-playing finalist took home $7,500. The third place finisher took home a minimum guarantee of $10,000, while the second place finisher was entitled to a minimum guarantee of $15,000. The highest scoring player in the finals took home $50,000.

The two nonwinning finalists also received the board game Game of the Year by University Games as well as a Tigris Pyramid and Movana.


Qualifying round
  • November 16, 1998: Dana Venator defeated Peter Morris and Creswell Formey.
  • November 17, 1998: David Javerbaum defeated Amy Wilson and Sascha Dublin.
  • November 18, 1998: Eric Newhouse defeated Stefanie Wulfestieg and Julie Robichaux.
  • November 19, 1998: Chris Capozzola defeated Stanley Wu and Samantha Moeschler. Capozzola, Javerbaum, and Newhouse advanced to the finals.
  • November 20, 1998: Newhouse defeated Javerbaum and Capozzola.


External links

  • website
  • Teen Tournament Season 29 website
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