Two Central Ga. Teens Chosen to Be on 'Jeopardy!' | News
Out of thousands of students across the country, narrowed down to 200 regional winners, the the "Jeopardy" game show selected 15 teens to compete in their nationally televised Teen Tournament.
Two of those 15 are from right here in Central Georgia.
Friday Lorra Lynch Jones had the privilege of surprising these two outstanding teens with the news in their classrooms.
The first stop was at Northside High School.
We came to a Musical Arts class looking for 16-year-old William Crouch.
Crouch looked stunned when we told him, he will be one of 15 students competing for a $75,000 prize.
Asked what he would do with the money if he wins, Crouch looked dazed and answered, "I don't know how to answer that quite yet."
His classmates cheered and hugged him. His parents, Ric and Anita Crouch, also came along for the surprise.
Ric Crouch said, "We have encouraged him since the day he was born to try and learn more, to be more inquisitive. He's like a dog on a bone. He will not stop, when he gets something in his head. He is going to go for it.
Our second stop was at Macon's Central High SChool.
We barged into an advanced language arts class, looking for 15-year-old Kelton Ellis.
Ellis said, "This is like one of the greatest accomplishments of my life. I love Jeopardy. I can't wait to meet Alex!"
Ellis said he watches the show every night with his mom.
Asked what he would do with the money if he wins, Ellis said, "I don't know. I guess I would buy a car. I can't drive yet, but I guess it would be sitting in the driveway, when I do learn to drive."
His mother, Kia, took time off work to be there for the surprise.
Asked about her son, she said, "If I could deem somebody a perfect child, it would definitely be Kelton. He is a great child."
The Jeopardy producers called the parents of Kelton and William on Monday, letting them know that their child made the cut. They kept it a secret until Friday morning for the big surprise.
Both Kelton and William will fly to LA in November to compete.
The Jeopardy Teen Tournament will air on 13WMAZ, January 30th through February 12th.
If you're wondering how they were selected, both students took some on-line tests last spring. Then, they traveled to New Orleans for a regional competition in August.
Their performance there qualified them as two of the 15 national finalists.