CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Charlotte high school student is back in action this week on Teen Jeopardy!
Teagan O'Sullivan, 14, won her first round of the 2019 tournament last week. The Ardrey Kell High student will compete in the semifinals Wednesday evening against Avi Gupta, a senior from Portland, OR, and Jackson Jones, a junior from Louisville, KY.
The winner of the tournament receives $100,000 while the teens in 2nd and 3rd place get $50,000 and $25,000 respectively.
The process to get on the show started back in March 2018 for O’Sullivan.
“I saw that there was an online test,” she said. “I decided to take it just to see how I would do.”
After being called in for an audition in June 2018, O'Sullivan found out she made the cut. Then in December, the whole family, including mom Maura, Dad Michael, and sisters Ruari and Catherine, went to Los Angeles for the Jeopardy! taping.
“She set a great example for her younger sisters,” said O’Sullivan’s mom. "We are thankful we were able to share the experience together.”
O’Sullivan won her quarterfinal with a total of $25,201. There's no doubt her family and friends were glued to the TV for Wednesday night's appearance.
“I think everybody’s excited just to be able to see someone you know on the show that almost everybody’s heard of,” said O’Sullivan.
The semifinals aired on NBC Charlotte at 7 p.m. Wednesday. O'Sullivan will not be moving on to the finals.