JEOPARDY! HOSTS IT FIRST-EVER BACK TO SCHOOL WEEK FOR KIDS
--This week of shows airs September 6-10--
Contestant team searches the country for its student elite--
Get out your hall passes as JEOPARDY! goes "Back to School" with fifteen of America's brightest students in what promises to be one of the season's most exciting weeks of shows. This is the first time in JEOPARDY! history that kids ages 11 and 12 get to show off their knowledge and interests in categories pertinent to their age group. The show's contestant search team tapped nine cities in search of America's student elite and saw over 1,000 applicants.
The competition includes contestants from Florida, Kansas, Texas and California. The line-up is as follows:
Monday, September 6, 1999: Nate-12 Kansas City, KS, Cassie-12 Merrick, NY, Zach-12 Roswell, GA
Tuesday, September 7, 1999: Robert-12 Cincinnati, OH, Yoni-12 West Hartford, CT, Davine- Wednesday, September 8, 1999: Melanie-11 Tallahassee, FL, Kendra-11 Maplewood, NJ, Dimitry-11 Glenview, IL
Thursday, September 9, 1999: Max-12 Boca Raton, FL, Joel-12 Ft. Worth, TX, Anjali-11 Woodland Hills, CA
Friday, September 10, 1999: Allex-11 San Antonio, TX, Curtis-11 New York, NY, Lisa-12 Chesterland, OH
Each day of shows features three contestants. The winner of each show keeps the money he or she wins, with a minimum guarantee of $5,000. The other two contestants receive two computers and software. As an added bonus, the person with the highest earnings at the end of the week gets an additional $5,000. All players get a trip for four to Universal Studios, Florida. Producers picked up the tab for transportation and accommodations to and from Los Angeles for each player (and one parent) and also provided a meal allowance during their stay.