Laurie Beckoff had wanted a shot on the game show “Jeopardy” ever since she was first eligible for its annual Teen Tournament.
“I got through the auditions three times but never got on the show,” she said. “So I really wanted to audition for the College Tournament.”
The fourth time proved a charm, as the sophomore finally made the cut representing the University of Chicago.
The grand prize is $100,000.
The daughter of Alan and Esther Beckoff is majoring in English. Her sister, Rose, attends Ithaca College in upstate New York.
“I want to go to grad school and do some writing, maybe do something in the media,” she said.
She also did not know if her appearance would bar her either for a period of time or permanently from applying to appear on the regular show in the future.
“I’d love to,” she said. “But I didn’t even think to check.”Beckoff competed against Ben Juster of UCLA and Cameron Kim of Duke University.
She went into Final Jeopardy with $8,200, exactly half of Juster’s $16,400.
She bet $5,200 in the category of Social Media and got the correct answer to finish with $13,400.
The answer referred to the most retweeted phrase in history on Nov. 6, 2012, a three-word phrase beginning with the word “Four.”
The question was “What are ‘more years?’” a reference to the re-election of President Obama.
Juster wagered nothing and earned an automatic berth in the semifinals, though Beckhoff’s total could position her well for a possible wild card selection, which go to the players with highest money totals for all nonwinners.
Semifinalists will be announced after Friday night’s show.