For Anthony P. Dedousis ’11, Jeopardy!
was simply a TV show that “everyone
in America over age of 65 watched.”
But last night, the Leverett sophomore
helped the show reach out to
viewers in a younger demographic, as
he represented Harvard on the Jeopardy!
College Championship as one of
15 college students nationwide selected
Dedousis appeared on the show
against two students—one from
one from Rice.
But his incorrect
answer on the
him from the
to Jeopardy was
Encouraged by Jonathan Hawley
’10—who competed in last year’s college
tournament—Dedousis took the
online exam last October and was then
called for a second round of rigorous
group interviews in mid-November.
Since only the students accepted for
the show are contacted, Dedousis said
he had forgotten all about Jeopardy!
as the months went by—until Spring
Break, when he was notified.
“I don’t remember hearing much after
that. I was so excited,” he said, adding
that his high school did not even
have a quiz bowl team. “It took all I had
to not to scream like a moron in front
of everyone on the bus.”
As surprised as Dedousis was about
being selected to compete, his friend
Peter G. Bacon ’11 said that he was “not
at all” shocked.
“Anthony is incredibly bright…as
soon as he told me he was trying out for
Jeopardy, I could see him on the show,”
Dedousis—who had never been to
California before—said that he arrived
excited to meet the other contestants,
explore Los Angeles, and, of course, see
the host Alex Trebek.
According to Dedousis, his nervousness
peaked right before his round.
“I was bordering on hyperventilation,”
he said. “The people powdered
my face, again.”
Dedousis said his nervousness diminished
walking on stage,
and as he focused
on the game—and which camera
to look at.
thoughts were going
head,” he said.
“It’s finally real!”
categories such as
“Only One Vowel,” Dedousis moved
into first place after correctly answering
a “Daily Double” in the second half
of the show.
But Dedousis’s lead was short-lived.
After incorrectly answering the final
question, his score plummeted, leaving
him in last place and eliminating
him from the preliminary round of the
Though the show only lasts for half
an hour, Dedousis said that his experience
was “one of a lifetime.”
“I now have a story that I can tell for
the rest of my life over dinners,” he said.
—Staff writer Helen X. Yang can be
reached at email@example.com.