Local Jeopardy! contestant getting it done

 Kriti Gandhi, an 18-year-old graduate of Centennial High School, won her opening round of Jeopardy! Summer Games Teen Tournament and has advanced to the semi-finals.
 Last Wednesday, Gandhi earned $17,700 and beat two contestants to advance. Gandhi’s semi-final round will be televised tomorrow at 7 p.m. on WMAR (Channel 2) in Baltimore and at 7:30 p.m. on WJLA (Channel 7) in Washington.
 “It’s actually really surreal,” said the McGill University-bound teen. “I actually know all these [contestants] now. It’s strange. Seeing them on TV. It’s not an everyday experience.”
 Gandhi said she has been flooded with support throughout the entire process.
 “So many people called,” Ganhdi said about her opening-
round win. “Right after the show people were text messaging me. At one point I was talking to three different people on three different phones.”
 Gandhi, who is one of 15 teenagers competing in the tournament this month, participated in the competition in March, when it was filmed. She said she prepared for the show by reading the almanac and using online web sites such as Wikipedia.
 “I was trying to gain as much knowledge about as many topics in a short amount of time,” she said yesterday.
 Gandhi is no stranger to television game shows. In May, she was an alternate on Centennial’s It’s Academic Super Bowl team. That team finished second and earned $10,750 in prize money for the school.
 The It’s Academic competition helped Gandhi prepare for Jeopardy.
 “It gave me more knowledge and quiz show experience,” she said.
 Check in later this week, when I share more of my interview with our game show girl!
 What did she talk about with host Alex Trebek? What was the application process for Jeopardy! like? Is Jeopardy! more difficult than It’s Academic?
 Get the answers to all these questions later this week, here at Classroom Connections.

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