Two Indian American teens are among a crop of bright kids battling it out for a $75,000 prize in the recent “Jeopardy! Teen Tournament.”
Nilai Sarda, a 13-year-old freshman at The Westminster Schools in Marietta, Ga.; and Arjun “Junie” Byju (see image - left), a high school senior at the Pine View School in Osprey, Fla., joined 13 other high schoolers for the yearly tournament.
As of press time on the afternoon of Feb. 12, the final day of the tournament, Sarda was ahead — having won his game Feb. 11 and getting ready for a shot at a Tuesday night victory. This marks Sarda’s third appearance on the Teen Tournament.
Byju is a longtime fan of the show. “I always wanted to do it, and I have been trying for years,” he told his high school newspaper, the Pine View Torch. The first time he took the test for “Teen Jeopardy” was more than two years ago. The second time around last year, reports the paper, Byju completed the timed, 50-question online quiz, and received a callback live audition in New Orleans, after which he found out he was accepted.
He and the rest of the competitors are sworn to silence until the final results of the tournament air on CBS Television.
“The Teen Tournament is my favorite event of the year,” said “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek in a press release. “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.” The “Teen Jeopardy!” tournament runs Jan. 30-Feb. 12.