Macon Youngster Wins Jeopardy! Galapagos Sweepstakes
Remember the National Geographic / Lindblad Expeditions Galapagos Sweepstakes that ran on Jeopardy! during the last week of April and the first week of May 2017? The Telegraph reports that one of the winners is a 5th grader from Macon, Georgia, and his mother.
Evidently, 10-year-old Stephen Leach has such a keen interest in trivia that his Quiz Bowl adviser told him he ought to watch Jeopardy! and he became an avid fan of the quiz show. Stephen and his mother, Marie Sale, faithfully filled in the daily entries during the sweepstakes with the secret words. They were:
Week 1: (4/24 – 4/28/2017): TORTOISE, EXPEDITION, SEA LION, CONSERVATION, SNORKEL
Week 2: (5/01 – 5/05/2017): IGUANA, KAYAK, BLUE-FOOTED BOOBY, WILDLIFE, EXPLORE
Their trip will begin on Oct. 6 when they fly first to Miami and then to Ecuador to get on board the National Endeavor II ship. He is especially looking forward to meeting Jeopardy!’s long-time host Alex Trebek.
Stephen says he does pretty well coming up with the correct responses to the regular Jeopardy! matches. “A 10-year-old is playing adult ‘Jeopardy’ for people twice my age and I can still get the questions right,” he said. “It just amazes me how I can do that.” Looks like we may be seeing Stephen talk about his Galapagos adventure on the Jeopardy! stage during the chat one day.
Jeopardy! published a list of all the winners, working a bunch of the secret words in, on JBuzz at the end of July.