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Jessica Cantrell (12C) has long dreamed of matching wits with other contestants on the mother of all television quiz shows. This fall, the Berry history major who now works as a development assistant for Tellus Science Museum finally got her chance after surviving the arduous online qualifying process and in-person audition for Jeopardy!

“It’s good to put all the random things I know to good use,” Cantrell said. “I really like trivia, and Jeopardy! is the pinnacle of trivia.”

The Adairsville, Ga., native traveled to California in August to tape an episode of the show that aired in October. Extensive preparation (and a strong Berry education!) prepared her well for the experience, and she carried a slim lead into Final Jeopardy! Alas, victory eluded her when she couldn’t identify the character from early 20th century children’s literature who is so named “because she mends the pots and kettles” (Tinkerbell).

Still, she had a great time and encourages other alumni to take their own shot at Jeopardy! glory. Her only regret – that she didn’t try to qualify as a student when she could have represented Berry in the show’s annual college tournament.

“It’s really bizarre, it doesn’t seem like I was actually on TV,” she said. “But it was an amazing experience. I’ve never been to the West Coast, and it was really cool to see all the behind-the-scenes work too.”

Click here to read more about Cantrell’s Jeopardy! experience, and don’t miss the shout-out to Berry in the promotional clip above.

Reporting by student writer Kendall Aronson

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