MADISON, Ala. (WIAT) — A north Alabama teen is taking home the grand prize after winning big on JEOPARDY! Sharath Narayan, a sophomore at James Clemens High School in Madison, won the teen tournament, claiming the $100,000 grand prize.
“It feels awesome,” Narayan said after his win. “This was such a great experience, and I never would have expected to make it this far. Getting to the semifinals was my goal for the tournament, and when I did that, everything after was just like the cherry on top.”
Narayan beat out two other teens in the finals for the grand prize. He said he was intimidated by the two, both juniors at their high schools, but focused on strategy and tried to remain calm.
“I kind of had to psych myself up to mentally prepare, because it was really scary going up against them,” he said. “I focused more on the buzzer during the finals, and I also began to search for Daily Doubles. I knew searching for the Daily Doubles was one of Michael’s strategies, which had worked wonders for him, so I wanted to get them out of the way and away from my competitors.”