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Staples student picked for 'Jeopardy!' playoff

Published 5:53 pm, Monday, November 19, 2012
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A Staples High School senior has been selected from among 10,000 teenagers nationally to compete in the student playoff round od the television quiz show, "Jeopardy!"

Emily Greenberg is among 15 students nationwide selected, based on results of an online test and regional interviews and auditions, the syndicated show's producers said.

She will compete for a $75,000 top prize in the Jeopardy! Teen Tournament.

Greenberg, 17, will travel to Los Angeles for competition and taping Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 19 and 20, according to a spokeswoman for Sony Pictures Television, producer of the Emmy-winning show.

The Teen Tournament will begin airing Jan. 30, the spokeswoman said.

In a news release, "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek called the quiz show's Teen Tournament "my favorite event of the year.

"Our teen contestants bring a burst of energy to the set, and their unique mix of candor and intelligence makes me excited to see what this year's group has in store for us," Trebek said.

Greenberg was among teens selected for further assessment after passing a 50-question online test, producers said. She attended a regional audition that consisted of a second 50-question test, an interview and mock games.

"Jeopardy!" airs locally on weekdays at 7 p.m. on WABC-TV, Channel 7, and WTNH-TV, Channel 8.

"Jeopardy!" won a 2011 Peabody Award and was won 30 Emmy Awards.

The quiz show first aired in 1964 on NBC. Hosted by Art Flemming, it was part of the network's daytime lineup for 11 years before it was cancelled in 1975. "Jeopardy!" was revived as a syndicated show in 1984, when Trebek became the host.

Producers say the show now has 25 million viewers each week.