Soddy-Daisy student wins $2,000 in Jeopardy!

Soddy-Daisy student wins $2,000 in Jeopardy!

July 31st, 2013 by Staff Report in Local Regional News

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<strong>HOW THEY FINISHED</strong>

1st: Johnathan Shoemaker &#8212; Austin, Texas

*Prize: $11,600

2nd: Sallie Rawlston &#8212; Soddy-Daisy, TN

*Prize: $2,000 ($2,800 finish)

3rd: Aarin Martinez &#8212; Torrance, Calif.

*Prize: $1,000 ($1,600 finish)

Forget 15 minutes of fame &#8212; Jeopardy gave Sallie Rawlston a half hour.

The 10-year-old Soddy-Daisy resident appeared on Jeopardy&#8217;s &#8220;Kids Week&#8221; tonight and walked away with a cool $2,000 second-place finish despite being the youngest player of the week-long event.

Rawlston finished the first round slow with only $800 in the bank, but started Double Jeopardy with a stellar run. In less than five minutes, she answered $11,000 worth of questions about Pixar films, carbon dioxide and &#8212; of all things &#8212; angioplasty, to vault her into first place.

Longtime host Alex Trebek noted her energy and persistent smile, especially when she tried to ring in during a personal Daily Double.

&#8220;Are you having fun, Sallie?&#8221; Trebek asked between questions.

&#8220;Yes!&#8221; she quickly replied.

None of the contestants could identify LEGO in Final Jeopardy as the toy company which produced 36 billion elements in 2011. Rawlston&#8217;s answer of &#8220;Hasbro&#8221; and a $9,000 wager would drop her behind victor Johnathan Shoemaker of Austin, Texas, who finished with $11,600.