A junior from Clemson University was part of an elite group of 36 students from across the country to compete in Jeopardy! National Collegiate Championship.
Pauline Bisaccio, who went to Fort Mill High School, is studying biochemistry and psychology with plans to take a year off after graduation to work as an EMT and study for the MCAT, the faculty exam of Medicine.
She hopes to become a trauma surgeon.
Clemson University posted an interview with Bisaccio on Twitter in which she said her best advice for anyone who wants to be at Jeopardy University is to go.
“I applied for this show on a whim because I got a random email about it one day in my sophomore year,” she said.
She learned in September that she had been cast and flew to Los Angeles before Thanksgiving to tape the show.
Her episode airs Thursday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m. on ABC and Hulu, when she takes on Chance Persons, a physics and chemistry major at Creighton University, and Neha Seshadri, an economics major at Harvard. The winner will advance to the semi-finals, which air February 17-18.
A champion, who will win $250,000, will be named on February 22. Second place will receive $100,000 and third place $50,000.
So far, four candidates have qualified for the semi-finals. They come from Stanford, Louisiana State, Brandeis, and the University of Minnesota. One such winner so far, Emmey Harris of the University of Minnesota, graduated from Dutch Fork High School in Irmo.
Bisaccio said, “The academic team at Clemson helped prepare me for the speed of the game, and my classes really helped prepare me for the content of the game.”
She said she watched “Jeopardy!” to prepare.
Actress Mayim Bialik is the host of the college championship. Bialik also hosts “Jeopardy!” every night, sharing duty with the top earning “Jeopardy!” Champion Ken Jennings.
Bisaccio and Harris aren’t the first South Carolina residents to appear on a “Jeopardy!” show this year. Columbia attorney Clark Dawson appeared on the show in January.