Alex Trebek with Maya Wright
Photo: Carol Kaelson/Photographer
Photo: Carol Kaelson/Photographer

Metro Atlanta student wins $25,000 in ‘Jeopardy’ Teen Tournament

A senior from Peachtree City came in third place in the ‘Jeopardy’ Teen Tournament this week. 

Maya Wright collected $25,000 for placing third. Claire Sattler, a 17-year-old senior from Bonita Springs, Florida, won the $100,000 grand prize while Emma Arnold, a junior from Owings Mills, Maryland, came in second and took home $50,000.

Sattler’s biggest concern in the all-women semifinals was her “fellow finalists,” a press release said.

“Maya had just been on fire on the buzzer throughout the tournament,” she said in as statement. “Looking at my competition, I was really prepared for third and I was okay with that.”

Maya, a senior at East Coweta High School, said pep talks from her dad and advice to “just have fun” from her mom helped her get to the semifinals. 

“I recently realized that I might have forgotten to thank my parents while I was on stage,” she said in the news release. “This haunts me because I am exceedingly grateful for their love and support, which has allowed me (to) pursue dreams like this one.”

She joins the ranks of metro Atlanta contestants, such as: a stay-at-home dad and lawyer, an Atlanta librarian who knows her Kendrink Lamar trivia, a Georgia Tech student who retweeted his haters, the chairman of the DeKalb County GOP and an archivist at the Breman Museum.

The show hosted by Alex Trebek is in its 35th season.

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Over the years, contestants have represented Atlanta on "Jeopardy!" many times. Winning players from the area have included interesting people such as a high school dropout, an MIT college student and a young archivist. September 2018: Jordan Moore, a Cincinnati native who works at the Atlanta University Center library, got second place. Moore impressed by knowing the podcast Dissect broke down Kendrick Lamar's Grammy-winning album "To Pimp a Butterfly." April 2018: GIT freshman Rishab Jain was a semifina

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