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To Air During Kids Week— Resident Quizzed On ‘Jeopardy’

During Kids Week on Jeopardy!, a trivia quiz television show, rising Newtown Middle School eighth grader Thomas Hurley will have his first television debut aired on July 31, at 7 pm.

Thomas said he had the idea to audition to be a contestant after watching the show one night and learning about Kids Week, when all participants are youth from around the country.

He applied to be a contestant online by taking a test. After passing that, Thomas went to New York to take another test in person. At least 100 other students participated in his session of the New York test. There were three testing sessions in New York, and there were also three other sites in the country where testing was completed. Finally, all of those hopefuls were dwindled down to the students who would test their knowledge during Kids Week.

Thomas said he was one of 15 students who went to Los Angeles during the first weekend in February to film Kids Week. While Thomas said he was not allowed to say much about his time filming his episode of Jeopardy, he did say he met Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek.

Thomas also sat in the studios where the show is filmed as other students took their turns being filmed on Jeopardy! The other participants, Thomas said, “were nice kids.”

When it was his turn, Thomas said his family was allowed to sit in the audience, and eventually they were allowed up on the stage afterward with the family members of other participants.

“I was nervous,” Thomas said. But once he and two other contestants walked up to their podiums, Thomas said everything started rolling.

He was asked all sorts of questions, ranging in topics from sports to history.

Thomas is not allowed to say how well he did on Jeopardy! until his show airs, but he did share his secrets in preparing for the show: he read books on many subjects.

He also said participating on Jeopardy! was a “neat experience.”

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Thomas on Jeopardy

We were very disappointed in Jeopardy tonight when they decided to enforce a rule never before present (correct spelling on final Jeopardy only discounts when the word changes meaning...we all know what you meant, Thomas.) Don't be discouraged. Please check the Jeopardy Facebook page, you have many fans who are reaching out to you, we all feel they were not fair and you played a good game. I hope your friends are supportive, and moreover, I hope you have faith in yourself. You will go far in life, Thomas. Don't let this incident pull you down. You and your whole town rise above worse than this, and you must know we all think you were great. (My whole family of 7 , huge Jeopardy fans, are very disappointed and are letting Jeopardy know!) Keep trying, never give up! We'll go back to watching Jeopardy when you host it someday!

His parents aren't doing their job

There are more of us who are disappointed that adults would allow a child think it's just fine to misspell words. "You and your whole town rise above worse than this....", so the people of Newtown feel this is equivalent to the Sandy Hook massacre? Hopefully you aren't representing the entire Newtown community. If this boy reads what's written on Facebook, he will certainly come away sorely disappointed. Frankly, I think it's his parents looking to capitalize on this incident.

Thomas on Jeopardy

We were very disappointed in Jeopardy tonight when they decided to enforce a rule never before present (correct spelling on final Jeopardy only discounts when the word changes meaning...we all know what you meant, Thomas.) Don't be discouraged. Please check the Jeopardy Facebook page, you have many fans who are reaching out to you, we all feel they were not fair and you played a good game. I hope your friends are supportive, and moreover, I hope you have faith in yourself. You will go far in life, Thomas. Don't let this incident pull you down. You and your whole town rise above worse than this, and you must know we all think you were great. (My whole family of 7 , huge Jeopardy fans, are very disappointed and are letting Jeopardy know!) Keep trying, never give up! We'll go back to watching Jeopardy when you host it someday!

Thomas, you reminded me of me

Thomas, you reminded me of me when i came in second in the 5th-grade spelling bee. But i came in first in 6th. Keep at it, young man, and don't get discouraged. You're very sharp.

Thomas has a ton of fans....

The show aired tonight (7/31) and while he wouldn't have been able to beat Skyler, his final answer should have counted... and a couple of hundred people have registered their distress on the Jeopardy FB page; every single comment was about how the spelling didn't matter, because it was obvious that he knew the answer. - Thomas, you were great, and I do hope that overall it was a good experience ~ the judges (and the host) were wrong, wrong, wrong, and YOU were right!!

Spelling absolutely counts.

Spelling absolutely counts. To tell a child it doesn't is doing them a great disservice. The judges were not wrong, and that's why they aren't changing their decision!! I wonder if all of you people telling the boy it's ok to misspell are from Newtown? If so, it makes Newtown sound like a very frightening place.

Thomas

I bet he would've won if he had different categories.

Wouldn't most?

Wouldn't most?

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