Woodside's Kate Laubscher may qualify for 'Jeopardy' semifinals

Northeastern college student from Woodside could take wild card spot

"What is grenadine?" answered Kate Laubscher of Woodside on the "Jeopary" TV game show Tuesday, Feb. 2, in response to the clue, "A Shirley Temple is traditionally made with ginger ale and a splash of this sweet pomegranate syrup."

Ms. Laubscher, a sophomore at Northeastern University, ultimately came in second place in her semifinal round of the show's College Championship series, and could still make the finals next week.

She made a last-minute comeback after trailing behind the other two contestants going into the final question round, correctly answering "What is an amateur?" to the clue: "This word referring to someone who is not an expert is from the Latin for 'love.'"

She doubled her score to $14,400, to surpass the $14,000 attained by Kevin Brown, a senior at Louisiana State University, and came in second to Emily Bingham, a senior at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, who scored $17,600.

While Ms. Bingham will definitely move ahead to the quarterfinals, Ms. Laubscher could also advance as one of the leading four runners-up over this week's semifinal competitions.

She is currently in the lead of wild card contestants, but must remain in the top four over the next three days of semifinal competitions.

Go to the Jeopardy website to stay updated.

What is community worth to you?
Support local journalism.


Like this comment
Posted by Scott
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Feb 3, 2016 at 6:04 pm

Fyi, Wright State is not in Detroit, it is in Dayton OH. Don't be like Joe Biden...

Web Link

Editor's note: Thanks for the correction.

Like this comment
Posted by fwiw
a resident of Woodside: other
on Feb 5, 2016 at 8:19 pm

Yea, eeked into the finals as the 4th wildcard after winning the tiebreaker for the last slot! Way to go Kate, congratulations!

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Stay informed

Get daily headlines sent straight to your inbox.

After experiencing harassment, owner of Zareen's restaurants speaks out about Islamophobia, racism
By Elena Kadvany | 28 comments | 7,679 views

Don't Miss Your Exit (and other lessons from an EV drive)
By Sherry Listgarten | 15 comments | 2,528 views

Goodbye Food Waste!
By Laura Stec | 8 comments | 2,487 views

Good News: The New Menlo Park Rail Subcommittee Hits A Home Run
By Dana Hendrickson | 12 comments | 1,648 views

Premarital and Couples: Tips for Hearing (Listening) and Being Known
By Chandrama Anderson | 1 comment | 1,074 views


Register today!

On Friday, October 11, join us at the Palo Alto Baylands for a 5K walk, 5K run, 10K run or half marathon! All proceeds benefit local nonprofits serving children and families.

Learn More