CULVER CITY, CA -– The 29th edition of the Jeopardy! Teen Tournament ended in a photo finish when Jeff Xie, a 17-year-old rising senior at John P. Stevens High School in Edison, NJ, won the $75,000 grand prize in a rare tiebreaker over Alan Koolik, a 17-year-old junior at Pine Crest School in Boca Raton, FL.
The two-day final ended in a tie with Jeff and Alan earning $54,200. A tiebreaker clue was presented; the first contestant to ring in and respond correctly would become the winner.
“I knew that I had to get the Final Jeopardy! clue right, and when Alan also gave the correct answer, my jaw dropped because I knew we were tied,” said Jeff Xie. “When the tiebreaker category – The Civil War – was announced, I was excited because history is a strength of mine. When I saw “Shiloh,” I knew the answer, and the rest, quite fittingly, was history.”
Jeff says he plans to use his grand prize winnings “in three ways: taxes, travel, and college,” though time will tell whether the money will help him achieve his ultimate goal: “My dream is to become a world-renowned scientist, with a concentration in astronomy, who is invited to compete on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’” he says.
Alan Koolik pocketed $54,200 in his second-place finish, while Cooper Lair, a 15-year-old sophomore at Little Rock Christian Academy, came in third and took home $31,200.
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