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Palo Alto 11-year-old competes on 'Jeopardy!'

Partha Purushotham among 15 featured on 'Jeopardy! Kids Week' July 30 through Aug. 3

An 11-year-old from Palo Alto is among 15 "whiz kids" to be featured next week, July 30 through Aug. 3, on the television show "Jeopardy! Kids Week."

Partha Purushotham, a graduate of Duveneck Elementary School now attending middle school at Crystal Springs Uplands School in Hillsborough, traveled to Culver City in March to tape the show.

Partha and 14 others were selected from nearly 9,000 children across the country vying to compete in the popular TV quiz show, "Jeopardy!" publicist Susie Eun said.

The winner of each game will earn a minimum of $15,000. Contestants placing will receive $2,000 and third will get $1,000.

Other contestants are Mandy Berry from Baltimore, Md.; Greg Boscaiu from Brea, Ca.; Larkin Breitner of Fleming Island, Fla.; Anna Cambron of Louisville, Ky.; Matthew Cline of Maumelle, Ark.; Neha Embar of Alpharetta, Ga.; Hallie Fox of Ypsilanti, Mich.; Andrew Grace of Apex, N.C.; Ryan Griffin of Waldwick, N.J.; Injee Hong of Metaire, La.; Alex Johnson of Indianapolis, Ind.; Arjun Malhotra of Sammamish, Wash.; Julia Martinez of Fairfax, Va. and Katie O'Meara of Plano, Texas.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff

Comments

Posted by Jeopardy Fan, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 27, 2012 at 11:07 am

Congratulations Partha! I will be watching next week. The photo does not indicate which one is you. Could someone shed some light on this? Good luck in winning the big money but most of all I hope you had fun competing.


Posted by neighbor, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 27, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Giants sportswriter/blogger Andrew Baggarly (author of the book, "A Band of Misfits - Tales of the 0120 San Francisco Giants," was just on Jeopardy for four days, winning three days in a row -- he was described as living in Palo Alto! I happened to tune in and think, gee that guy looks familiar - but I know him from seeing him on tv, not for living in Palo Alto - that info was new to me.


Posted by neighbor, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm

type - sorry: make that the 2010 SF Giants team


Posted by Mom, a resident of Duveneck School
on Jul 28, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Partha is in the back row, furthest left, with glasses and wearing a royal blue polo shirt. In the yearbook in 5th grade, when asked what he wants to be when he grows up, he answered, "a university professor or an invester." Congratulations, Partha!


Posted by Mom, a resident of Duveneck School
on Jul 28, 2012 at 12:34 pm

What time and channel does Jeopardy! air?


Posted by 5th grade teacher , a resident of Duveneck School
on Jul 29, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Congratulations Partha! I am proud of you. I am looking forward to watching you on Jeopardy starting tomorrow.


Posted by Partha's mom, a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm

The show airs on Channel 7 at 7 pm..Partha is on Wed, Aug 1. Partha is in the back row, first one from the left.

Thanks for all the encouragement. The kids are an awesome bunch and you will have a blast watching the games.


Posted by Jeopardy Fan, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 2, 2012 at 10:51 am

Good job Partha! I am just curious why you are attending a public school 20 miles from your home. Looks like you had lots of fun on the show!


Posted by Jeopardy Fan, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 2, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Just read that Partha attends Crystal Springs so that explains the train ride. I was under the impression that Partha goes to Duveneck School but I guess it was reported only that his family lives in that neighborhood. That explains the confusion


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