Scripps College’s Hannah Shoenhard ’14 Places Second on “Jeopardy!” College Championship

Scripps College’s Hannah Shoenhard ’14 won $10,000 and came in second place in the semifinals of the college championship edition of “Jeopardy!” She made her second, and latest, appearance on the TV trivia show May 13.

“I’ve been a fan of “Jeopardy!” since I was a kid. My dad and I would always watch it together. When I saw they were having auditions, I thought I’d try out for it, but I never thought I’d actually be on it,” said Shoenhard, a junior majoring in neuroscience and philosophy. “The fact that I am just blows my mind.”

In addition, Shoenhard was recently selected to be one of 272 U.S. undergraduate sophomores and juniors to receive a scholarship from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation for academic excellence in science and math. She aspires to earn a doctorate degree in neuroscience. Shoenhard wants to conduct research in cellular neuroscience and teach at a university.

Shoenhard competed against other “Jeopardy!” college-age contestants from such campuses as Tufts, Wellesley and MIT.