Emma Farrell, a senior at Carnegie Mellon University, bested over 18,000 applicants to earn one of the 15 competitor spots in the Jeopardy 2020 College Championship. Along the way, she had to complete a 50-question online form and an in-person interview that took the prospective players from 250 down to the final 15.
Farrell will go up against students from schools including Yale University, Princeton University, and Northwestern University. Alex Trebek will host the championship.
The competition filming took place in Los Angeles in February and the championship hits the airwaves starting on Monday, April 6.
Jeopardy’s describes this talented group of contestants as "the country’s most studious students" who are about to take the most important test of their lives. The winner will earn a $100,000 grand prize and the opportunity to compete in the next edition of the Jeopardy Tournament of Champions.
Farrell is a native of Telford, Pennsylvania, and double majors in Civil and Environmental Engineering and History. Her hobbies include her radio show, skiing and attending events around Pittsburgh. She made her mark on campus as a head orientation counselor for Oakland Rez on Fifth.