Justin Bolsen bet it all to claim the top prize in the “Jeopardy! High School Reunion” Tournament. Well, all but $9.
In the final round that aired Thursday, March 9, the first-year Brown student and Georgia native wagered $10,991 on a question about a 19th-century “truly tragic street lamp” and “high and skinny pyramid of iron ladders.”
All three contestants answered the Final Jeopardy! question correctly (What is the Eiffel tower?), but Bolsen’s wager was the largest. With a final score of $35,561, he edged out the second-place winner, Vanderbilt University junior Jackson Jones, by little more than $350.
In addition to perennial bragging rights, Bolsen earned a $100,000 prize and a guaranteed spot in the next “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions, where, at 18 years old, he will be the youngest contestant in history.