Pinoy becomes two-time Jeopardy championPosted on June 30th, 2011 under We are Pinoys!
A former employee of The Filipino Channel (TFC) brought big news with him when he returned for a mini-reunion with his former co-workers.
Twenty-nine year old Jericho Saria became a two-time champion of the popular American quiz show, Jeopardy.
“I’m really proud of him. Ever since I’ve known Jericho, he’s always wanted to be on Jeopardy. Even when he was working (in TFC) I knew he was already trying to get on the show,” said Mitos Briones, a friend of Saria.
“We thought at the time that he was joking around, but now that we get to see him on Jeopardy, it’s crazy. It’s really surreal and I think he did great,” said Dario Celevante, another buddy of Saria.
Saria was born and raised in Stockton, California. He said that he has followed Jeopardy since he was a kid. Three years ago, he started taking the show’s online test.
When he was chosen as a contestant last January, he began to train hard. He said being unemployed at that time helped him focus.
“I wake up and start studying,” said Saria. “Have lunch, dinner, then go back to studying, go to sleep. This is pretty much my schedule for four weeks straight.”
His first Jeopardy appearance was on June 2. He became the champion, bagging $29,000.
For his second showing on June 3, he won again, raking in $24,000.
“Getting the reaction from all my friends, the positive reaction from everyone, it made me realize that being a Jeopardy champ is something really special,” Saria said.
His championship run may have ended on June 6, but Saria says his future with game shows continues. He is planning to compete on another game show – “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”