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Game Show Trivia for $200, Alex

Literary numbers. All things Japanese. Academy Award nominations. They are a small sampling of categories you may see on Jeopardy! They are also topics one Santa Clara University student may have to remember if he wants to do well on the game show.

Last fall, producers of Jeopardy! selected SCU freshman James Hill III to compete in the college tournament. Hill was in Southern California earlier this month for the taping of the show, which will air in February. While he was preparing for the game show in December, Hill said he was definitely nervous, because he had never been on national television before.

“But I was also really excited. I wasn’t scared, though. I’ve been interested in trivia pretty much my entire life, and I have the ability to remember all kinds of useless information,” he said.

The 17-year-old student, who learned how to read at the age of two and skipped kindergarten, said he has essentially been preparing for this his entire life, thanks to the number of books, magazines, and websites he has been reading on a daily basis. Hill said he also competed in national and international tournaments in middle and high schools. But making it to Jeopardy! was definitely a first.

“After I was done with my finals last quarter, I started reading tons of books, magazines, and websites again, especially ones that have even more useless information,” he laughed.

Hill is the second student in SCU’s history to compete in Jeopardy! Bryan Stofferahn was selected to go up against 14 college students in the College Championship in May of 1998.

The show in which Hill was featured will air on Wednesday, Feb. 3 on ABC7 at 7 p.m.

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Patricia Murakami said on Jan 29, 2010
Hello James, I hope that your time on Jeopardy! was fun and lucrative! Cheers, Patricia
Jordan Bryant said on Jan 29, 2010
Good job James!
rebecca Halder said on Jan 29, 2010
WOOHOOOOO!!!!!!!! I am so proud to his OL. Way to go James!!!
Dotty and Dick said on Jan 31, 2010
Our grandson lives in your dorm, just a couple of door from you. We were thrilled when he sent us the information about your going to be on the show. We will be watching and cheering you on when it is aired February 3rd.
Leesa R. said on Jan 31, 2010
Hey James, good luck! We'll be rooting for you!
Karen said on Jan 31, 2010
James, you're so awesome. I'll be at your party watching, SIR!!!!
Former Student of SCU said on Jan 31, 2010
Hey James, Never met you, but my mom knows your mom Mrs. Hill very well. Congrats!!!!!
Dowartha Davis said on Feb 1, 2010
I am very proud of your most recent accomplishment as a Jeopardy contestant that will be added to all of your other outstanding achievements. Your father and mother keep me well informed; your father and I were high school classmates at Mobile County Training School,Plateau, Alabama,your father's hometown.
Jiang Wu said on Feb 1, 2010
Incredibly impressive, especially for a freshman! Here's to all the trivia buffs out there! I'll be rooting for ya James!
Larry Paquette said on Feb 2, 2010
Well your majesty, how does it feel to wear the crown of king of the hill? Both Pat and I are so proud of you and all you've accomplished. Your excellent school work, awards and recognition along the way, and now Jeorpady, this is awesome. It is a long way from the "Pat Sandwich" days. Congrats, you deserve it!!
Earlene Coleman said on Feb 3, 2010
James the teachers here at Herman are cheering you on. Congratulations on your accomplishes. We are so-o-o proud of you!
marmstrong said on Feb 3, 2010
What a great showing! Congratulations Mr. Hill.
ccoutain said on Feb 3, 2010
Nice job, James!
ccoutain said on Feb 3, 2010
Nice job, James!
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