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Jeopardy! Teen Tournament

The Jeopardy! Teen Tournament is a special 2 week event that features up to 15 high school students who are between the ages of 15-18. The layout is the same as the Tournament of Champions and other 2 week tournaments. They are 5 quarter-final rounds in the 1st week. The winners move on into the semi-finals on the 2nd week and the 4 high-scorers among non-winners will advance as well. The winner of the semi-finals advance to participate in a 2-day final. The Teen Tournament has been held every season since it's 1987 debut, including two installments in season 23 except for season 31 and season 32. The teen tournament returned into rotation starting in season 33. On top of that, the cash payout will be just like the college championship that was in existence since 2004.

In November 1998, Jeopardy! held a special Teen Reunion Tournament in Boston featuring 12 contestants from the inaugural three Teen Tournaments. In a unique format for a Jeopardy! tournament, the three highest earners in the four semifinal games played in the one-day final on Friday, similarly to Wheel of Fortune's then-Friday Finals format. 1989 Teen champion Eric Newhouse (the only winner in the field) won the $50,000 top prize over 1988 finalist David Javerbaum and semi-finalist Chris Cappozola, while 1987 finalist Dana Venator was the lowest earning semi-finalist and did not qualify for the finals.

Until 2000, Teen Tournament winners were invited to the Tournament of Champions, where 8 of 14 advanced to the semifinals, including 4 (Eric Newhouse, Matthew Zielenski, Sahir Islam, and Chacko George) who won their quarterfinal game. However, none of them ever advanced to the final round.

Eric Newhouse was also a semi-finalist in 1990's Super Jeopardy! tournament and a finalist in 2002's Million Dollar Masters tournament. Every Teen Tournament winner to that point (save for Michael Block & Amanda Goad) competed in 2005's Ultimate Tournament of Champions, where 1992 winner April McManus and 1995 winner Matthew Zielenski made the quarterfinals. Newhouse received a bye to the second round, though did not advance further. 1991 winner Andrew Westney also competed in 2014's Battle of the Decades tournament as a fan favourite qualifier for the "1980s decade" round, but did not advance.

Season Airdate Finale Winner
3 February 16, 1987 February 27, 1987 Michael Galvin
4 February 8, 1988 February 19, 1988 Michael Block
5 February 6, 1989 February 17, 1989 Eric Newhouse
6 February 5, 1990 February 16, 1990 Jamie Weiss
7 February 11, 1991 February 22, 1991 Andy Westney
8 February 24, 1992 March 6, 1992 April McManus
9 February 1, 1993 February 12, 1993 Fraser Woodford
10 February 7, 1994 February 18, 1994 Matt Morris
11 February 6, 1995 February 17, 1995 Matthew Zielenski
12 May 6, 1996 May 17, 1996 Amanda Goad
13-A February 3, 1997 February 14, 1997 Josh DenHartog
14-B November 3, 1997 November 14, 1997 Sahir Islam
15† November 16, 1998 November 20, 1998 Eric Newhouse
15-A February 22, 1999 March 5, 1999 Melissa Sexstone
16-B November 1, 1999 November 12, 1999 Chacko George
17 April 30, 2001 May 11, 2001 Graham Gilmer
18 February 4, 2002 February 15, 2002 Bernard Holloway
19 February 3, 2003 February 14, 2003 John Zhang
20 February 9, 2004 February 20, 2004 Jennifer Wu
21 January 26, 2005 February 8, 2005 Michael Braun
22 February 6, 2006 February 17, 2006 Papa Chakravarthy
23 February 5, 2007 February 16, 2007 David Walter
23* July 16, 2007 July 27, 2007 Meryl Federman
24-A February 11, 2008 February 22, 2008 Rachel Horn
25-B November 10, 2008 November 21, 2008 Anurag Kashyap
26 November 2, 2009 November 13, 2009 Rachel Rothenberg
27 February 17, 2011 March 2, 2011 Raynell Cooper
28 April 30, 2012 May 11, 2012 Elyse Mancuso
29 January 30, 2013 February 12, 2013 Leonard Cooper
30 July 21, 2014 August 1, 2014 Jeff Xie
33 November 9, 2016 November 22, 2016 Sharath Narayan

†There was a one-week Teen Tournament Reunion that took place on the 15th season.

TriviaEdit

  • There was no Teen Tournament Logo for the show's 14th season.
  • There was a 2nd Teen Tournament that took place on the 23rd Season to start the Summer Games.
  • Because of the Battle of the Decades, the 2014 Teen Tournament took place after the regular games, and thus Season 30 became the first season to stretch through August.
  • The teen tournament returned into action on November 9, 2016.
    • On top of that, the teen tournament finals will have $100,000 for 1st place, $50,000 for 2nd place and $25,000 for 3rd place. Eliminated semi-finalists will get $10,000 and eliminated quarter-finalists will get $5,000. This was the same cash payout format used since 2004 for the College Championship.

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