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Wellesley College junior competes in college round of Jeopardy!

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  May 14, 2013 02:42 PM

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Alex Trebek and Laure Rigge
Question: What local college student got the experience of a lifetime competing on Jeopardy! last week?

Answer: Wellesley College junior Laura Rigge.

Rigge, an Emmaus, Penn. native who is majoring in Russian at Wellesley College, appeared on Jeopardy! alongside long-standing show host Alex Trebek last Friday as she competed for the title of College Championship winner, which comes with a $100,000 prize.

Rigge held second place for most of the show, especially when her knowledge of Russian literature and geography helped her in a few categories, but fell to third in the "final Jeopardy" round.

According to Wellesley College, Rigge is a skilled student in computer science, and helped develop the school's interactive campus map. She is also tech director of WZLY Radio, the student radio station, and is a member of the Guild of Carilloneurs.

She also reports to college officials that she is a presidential history nut: while in California in April for the show taping, Rigge visited the Richard Nixon birthplace. Also, last summer, she said she saw a house or homeplace of every president.

Rigge told college officials that the experience was unforgettable, but left her a bundle of nerves until the competition actually started.

"I was more nervous than excited on the flight over, but by the time I got to L.A., it was hard not to just relax and enjoy the sunshine," she told school officials. "By the time filming started, I was less nervous and more excited.”

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