Gilbert Junior High School Student Competes on Jeopardy! Kids Week
Despite criticism of the Valley's educational system and its students, a girl from a Metro Phoenix school landed a pretty cerebral gig. Andrea Salt, 12, of Gilbert was one of 15 kids chosen by the producers of quiz show Jeopardy! to compete on the program's "Kids Week" -- scheduled to be aired Monday, July 5, through Friday, July 9.
Andrea, who attends Gilbert Junior High School, went through a rigorous series of tests and auditions to land a spot on Jeopardy! Kids Week, which pits the nation's smartest 10- to 12-year-olds in a battle of the brains. Maggie Speak, contestant producer for the show, describes the selection process:
Andrea tells us her strongest subjects are math and science, but she's not so confident in geography. And while she's sworn to secrecy about what happened on the shows (taped in Los Angeles the week of March 8) and can't tell us which specific question was hardest for her, she did say her hardest category was Radio Disney.
The winner of each Jeopardy! Kids Week show will receive a minimum guarantee of $15,000. Of course, Andrea can't tell us if she won the the money, but -- if she did -- she says she would buy a laptop computer.
Jeopardy! airs locally on ABC 15 weeknights at 5 p.m.