Answer: Wellesley College junior Laura Rigge.
Rigge, an Emmaus, Penn. native who is majoring in Russian at Wellesley College, appeared on Jeopardy! alongside long-standing show host Alex Trebek last Friday as she competed for the title of College Championship winner, which comes with a $100,000 prize.
Rigge held second place for most of the show, especially when her knowledge of Russian literature and geography helped her in a few categories, but fell to third in the "final Jeopardy" round.
According to Wellesley College, Rigge is a skilled student in computer science, and helped develop the school's interactive campus map. She is also tech director of WZLY Radio, the student radio station, and is a member of the Guild of Carilloneurs.
She also reports to college officials that she is a presidential history nut: while in California in April for the show taping, Rigge visited the Richard Nixon birthplace. Also, last summer, she said she saw a house or homeplace of every president.
Rigge told college officials that the experience was unforgettable, but left her a bundle of nerves until the competition actually started.
"I was more nervous than excited on the flight over, but by the time I got to L.A., it was hard not to just relax and enjoy the sunshine," she told school officials. "By the time filming started, I was less nervous and more excited.”
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