Westwood High School student competed on Jeopardy for $100,000 prize


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A Westwood High School student from Round Rock competed in the Jeopardy teen tournament this week.

Anish Maddipoti is one of 15 teens from across the country to be selected to compete, and the only one from Texas. He’s a junior at Westwood High School located in northwest Austin near US 183 and Lake Creek Parkway. 

The winner of the tournament will claim a $100,000 grand prize 

The first episode of the tournament airs Wednesday, Nov. 7, and Maddipoti watched it from his school. While he already knew the outcome — he wasn’t able to advance to the next round — he was proud he’d accomplished a goal he’d had since he was six. That’s when his mother gave him a Jeopardy DVD game — and he was hooked.

“To be honest, you can’t really study for jeopardy two to three weeks before the competition. Basically, it’s just a lifetime of knowledge you’ve gained,” Maddipoti said. “And, as one of the producers, Maggie, puts it, Jeopardy tests how much useless knowledge you know. So I guess I’ve accumulated a lot of useless knowledge.

The tournament runs through Tuesday, Nov. 20. More information on the Jeopardy teen tournament can be found on its website.  

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