Teenager Makes It On Jeopardy

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Sarasota, Florida - It's the show that makes your brain work overtime and where questions are the answers.

A Sarasota teenager's dream to be a contestant on this popular game show becomes reality and 10 News helped his family surprise him with the good news.

When 10 News arrives at the Byju family's Sarasota home, 17-year-old RJun thought we were interested in his next debate competition.

"Sometimes I use some of the debate skills when I have to convince my parents," says Arjun. His mother Emmy Byju responds, "He never wins an argument with his dad."

Except younger brother Arevind has some big news that requires no debating.

"RJun, are you going to watch Jeopardy tonight?" asks Arevind.

"Uh... yeah," Arjun replies.

With that, Arevind breaks the news: "Because you got on Jeopardy!"

"That's what this is all about," says a stunned RJun, laughing.

Arjun will be a contestant on Jeopardy's Teen Tournament next year. "Congratulations are you going to LA," says his father, KR Byju.

Jeopardy is a family favorite. The Byju siblings sit to watch another episode as they do every night. Arjun says, "I love the game. I love watching it. I love the trivia."

They also love the competition. "We keep each other on our toes," says Arevind.

Arjun tried out last year but didn't make the final cut. This year he had his younger brother Arevind as his coach.

Arjun says, "He said, 'Look Arjun, if you want to get on, you have to be disciplined.' He made sure I watched it every day, and quizzed me on some big facts."

Arjun says knowing the answer is important. But being quick on the buzzer is crucial.

"You can't buzz in before Alex Trebek is done reading the question, you can't wait too long after he's done or you'll miss your opportunity," explains Arjun. He says timing will be everything.

Arjun's strategy is to stay focused and concentrate, despite all the bright lights and cameras.

"I'm hoping some of my debate experience of thinking quickly on and being your toes will translate. I'm not sure, but I hope so!" says Arjun.

And then there's his coach's advice.

Arevind tells Arjun, "When you get a question wrong, you can't be thinking about it. Get it wrong, get it wrong. Get it right, get it right. Move onto the next question and keep your head in the game."

Arjun has a few weeks to prepare. Taping is November 19 and 20.

Today he enjoys the good news with his family and a game of Jeopardy.

Arjun can win up to $75,000. The Teen Tournament episodes will air from January 30 through February 12


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