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She's the champ! TAMS student wins Jeopardy!

(Editor's note, Feb. 14: She won! Thieu topped students from Goucher College and Vanderbilt University to capture the championship and the $100,000 prize. Thieu will be interviewed on CBS11 at 4 p.m. Feb. 14.)

 (Editor's note: Monica Thieu is in the finals! She'll compete for the Jeopardy! College Championship title Feb. 13-14.)

Jeopardy! contestant Monica Thieu and host Alex TrebekOn Feb. 7, Monica Thieu, a Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science student, will make her debut on Jeopardy!’s 24th annual College Championship, which began airing Feb. 1.

Thieu, of Dallas, will compete against 14 students from across the country for the tournament’s $100,000 grand prize. The tournament will run through Feb. 14.

Thieu poses with Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, right.

TAMS is a two-year residential program that allows exceptionally talented students to complete their freshman and sophomore years of college while receiving the equivalent of high school diplomas. Thieu will graduate from TAMS in May and then enroll in UNT or another university to complete her bachelor’s degree.

Thieu took a qualifying test for the Jeopardy! College Championship last spring, and was selected for a personal audition this past summer. She received the call that she’d been chosen out of more than 12,000 applicants, and traveled to Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, Calif., in early January for taping. Thieu is the only contestant from Texas competing this year.

Thieu plans to watch her appearance in the quarterfinals, which airs on CBS 11 at 11 a.m. on Feb. 7, in the common room of her residence hall. She is not allowed to disclose how far she progressed in the competition.

-   Alyssa Yancey, News Promotions

Posted on: Fri 03 February 2012

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