The Brightest Person on Campus

Jeopardy-FacebookA rousing game of Jeopardy has revealed “The Brightest Person on Campus.” After the field of 15 applicants was narrowed down to six contestants, the competition began. Upside-down red plastic cups were used as “buzzers” – the cup had to be raised to the head in order to answer a question. Categories for round one: What Matters to Your Teenage Sister; Reading Fever; What Am I; Whatcha Munchin; and Around the World. If you’re ever asked “What’s the most recognized smell in the world?” your answer should be coffee!

Amidst much cheering and laughter the audience learned that Dr Pepper was invented in Waco, Texas; the only animal that can fly backwards is the hummingbird; and that Gerald Ford is the only president to survive two assassination attempts by women. This question had everybody stumped: “Apart from water, what runs through the mouth of the Amazon and Lake Victoria?” The answer, “the equator,” was greeted with groans. By the end of round one Contestant #5 had taken a substantial lead.

Round two categories included Men Who Changed the World; Bill Nye; Take Me to the Game!; Here Comes Treble; and Let’s Get Poppin. During this segment a contestant challenged the answer to a question, prompting shouts of “To Google!” He was later proven right and awarded points for being “so bright.” Contestant #5 held onto his lead, however, and the game progressed to the final category (Philosophy) and question: “Who is the Hindu God who looks like an elephant and helps you to overcome obstacles?”

Contestant #5, Alec Lewis, took the trophy, won a Kindle Fire, and can now call himself “The Brightest Person on Campus.” Richard Fisher came in second, winning a $50 Amazon gift card, and Meredith McPherson took third place and a $25 Amazon gift card.

Taking the place of Alex Trebek, Nicole Carroll very ably guided the participants through the competition, keeping it fun throughout. Much thanks to the Activities Board for organizing the event. And by the way, if you need help overcoming an obstacle, you can try calling on Ganesh.

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