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North Woodmere student to compete on ‘Jeopardy! Teen Tournament’

Alec Fischthal, 16, of North Woodmere, right, will

Alec Fischthal, 16, of North Woodmere, right, will compete on "Jeopardy! Teen Tournament," hosted by Alex Trebek. Credit: Jeopardy Productions Inc.

A 16-year-old Long Island High School senior will compete on “Jeopardy! Teen Tournament” during the competition that runs weekdays from Nov. 9 to 22 on ABC-TV.

Alec Fischthal, a North Woodmere resident and student at George W. Hewlett High School, makes his appearance on Nov. 11, says his dad, Steve, a dentist. Since the show has yet to air, the Fischthals cannot disclose how far Alec advances, Fischthal says.

“ ‘Jeopardy’ has been a large part of my life since I was a child, and appearing on the show has been a dream come true,” Alec said.

In this quiz game, answers are provided and the contestants are required to furnish the relevant question. Fischthal competed with about 20,000 students ages 14 to 17 nationwide in an online test. About 300 students had an in-person audition, and 15 students were chosen to be featured in this year’s tournament, taped this past April at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., says Maggie Speak, a “Jeopardy” producer. The winner gets $100,000.

“These kids were fantastic,” Speak says. “Alec is one of those kids who are very well-rounded and well-read.”


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