Local competitor Jeopardy ‘had a blast’
BEAVERCREEK – The answer is: Who is Hari Parameswaran?
The question: This Beavercreek High School alumnus appeared on Jeopardy this week.
And he almost won.
Parameswaran, 19, a 2019 Beavercreek graduate and sophomore electrical engineering student at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), was tied for the lead with $ 13,800 before the Final Jeopardy left him stumped. Parameswaran bet all his money and walked away with $ 1,000.
And no regrets.
“Even though I ended up losing in a very close game, I had a blast, and would trade anything (well, nothing) so I could come back a second time,” Parameswaran said. “Jeopardy has been a lunchtime family staple since I was young, and it was a joy to finally be able to experience the show firsthand, including meeting the folks backstage and the Clue Crew.”
Parameswaran had tried several times to participate in the series. It took a few online tests where he had to answer questions. After successfully completing this, he was invited to an in-person hearing, which due to COVID-19 was on Zoom.
Then it was a game of waiting until her phone rang one day.
“It was really any ordinary day, and when I saw that the number calling me was from Los Angeles, I decided to take it out of curiosity,” Parameswaran said. “Within minutes, a Jeopardy producer was on the phone telling me he wanted me to appear on the show. The immediacy of everything took me by surprise.
Getting to the audition in person is no guarantee.
“Once you’ve completed this part, they can call you anytime between zero and 18 months after,” Parameswaran said. “The other thing you need to keep in mind is that it usually takes people several hearing tries before they’re actually on the show.”
Parameswaran flew to Los Angeles and recorded the show in March. CNN personality Anderson Cooper was the guest host, but despite being in front of a well-known TV presenter on a nationwide broadcast, Parameswaran was not nervous.
“If anything, I think all of us contestants were more in the area of being in a Jeopardy game,” he said. “After all, we were there to win as many games and as much money as possible.”
After Single Jeopardy, Parameswaran, the son of Rajesh and Lakshmy, did not like his chances. But he wasn’t giving up.
“I had been in this situation a number of times in high school quiz competitions, and I knew a comeback was definitely out of the question,” Parameswaran said. “With renewed optimism, I tried to play my normal Double Jeopardy game, and it worked really well for me. At the end of the round, I felt like I had a legitimate chance to win.
Until Cooper reveals the Final Jeopardy: Hollywood Legends category.
At this point, Parameswaran said his “heart was aching” because it was one of his weakest subjects. So he risked everything and guessed the question.
“This director was quoted as saying ‘I think I can take any 60 pages of the Bible and make a nice picture.’” The response was Cecil B. DeMille but Parameswaran, not a movie buff, replied Mel Gibson. .
If he had guessed correctly, he would have been the champion.
“I don’t really regret losing, because the experience is a once in a lifetime experience, but reviewing the episode made me wonder if there was a universe where I didn’t miss some of the questions that I ‘ve asked. Parameswaran said, adding that he missed seven.
But he doesn’t dwell on it too much, preferring to stay positive.
“My experience could easily be summed up in one word – exhilarating,” Parameswaran said. “It was my first time on a game show and I was ready to soak up every moment.”
Hari Parameswaran is working on his Final Jeopardy answer.
Beavercreek alumnus Hari Parameswaran (center) was on the popular Jeopardy game show on Wednesday.
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