Congratulations Rachel Horn!
She did it! Congratulations to Rachel Horn, the 15-year-old Walnut Hills High School sophomore, who won the $75,000 "Jeopardy!" teen tournament. She beat two 17-year-old high school seniors.
"Jeopdardy!" says she's the youngest woman ever to win the teen tournament in its 21-year history. Rachel didn't know that until I spoke to her after the show. "Wow, that's pretty cool!" she said.
Did you hear Alex Trebek tonight mention to Rachel that he once lived in Cincinnati? Back in 2002, he told me that in the late 1950s, when he was 18, he spent a summer her to be with a girlfriend: "I was dating a girl. It was a nice summer. I worked in a large apartment complex, and was on the maintenance crew. So we mopped halls and sorted garbage." (How romantic!)
She's the second local Jeopardy! champ in nine years. Dave Abbott of Fort Thomas won the $100,000 Tournament of Champions nine years ago this week.
Rachel called being on the show "a lot of fun, an experience of a lifetime." She'd love to return to "Jeopardy!," but there's a catch. "I can't come back as long as Alex (Trebek) is host," she says.
Congrats to Rachel! You were so poised and confident! And smart! You made all of Greater Cincinnati very proud!