Lewis-Clark State College senior Leah Muzzy admits she is a trivia nut. To be more precise, she’s a Jeopardy nut. So to be able to fulfill a dream has her pretty excited.
Muzzy, a Nursing major from Hayden, Idaho, auditioned for Jeopardy’s “College Week” in Los Angeles earlier this month and is hoping to get a call in late December that she made the cut and will appear on the popular TV game show.
“Ever since I was little I wanted to be on Jeopardy,” she says. “I’ve always been a Jeopardy fan.”
Growing up, Muzzy took the online Jeopardy tests for fun. Then earlier this fall, she saw on the Jeopardy website that the show was holding tryouts for College Week, which features college students from across the country competing. Muzzy went ahead and took the 50 question test online to start the process.
“The test had actually been rescheduled so I was lucky to be able to take it,” she said.
Jeopardy officials used the scores to cut down the field of candidates and then they randomly selected students from that field to advance on.
“I received an email on Oct. 23 that I would have an audition in Los Angeles on Nov. 7,” she said. “I called my mom and dad and asked them what they thought. They told me to go ahead and do it.”
With assistance from ASLCSC, which helped pay for her travel, Muzzy made the weekend trip. She caught a 5 a.m. flight from Spokane to Los Angeles on a Saturday and then had a busy afternoon of interviews and more competitions.
“When I showed up there were 25 students from other schools in the West and only one other was from Idaho,” she said. “When I told them where I went to school, most of them had never heard of LCSC. One girl didn’t realize Idaho was next to Washington even.”
The group of 25 had their pictures taken and then had a new 50 question test. Muzzy said she had eight seconds to answer each question before the next question appeared on the computer screen. The group then took part in mock Jeopardy games with three players and practiced their answers in the form of questions. Each member of the group was then interviewed and asked what they would do with the money if they won.
“They told us there were only 15 spots available and they would let us know sometime in the middle to the end of December,” Muzzy says. “It was a lot of fun. Even if I don’t get the call it was a great experience.”
If chosen, it will be another quick turnaround because filming for the College Week shows will be held on Jan. 5-6.
Muzzy says she is thankful to the Nursing Division staff and her fellow students for allowing her to work around some big tests and projects to spend a weekend pursuing a dream.