Madeline Wilson with Alex Trebek

BW grad Madeline Wilson ’11 will appear on the classic game show "Jeopardy!" 

Alumna Makes Dream Appearance on "Jeopardy!"

March 22, 2017

 Madeline Wilson with Alex Trebek

BW grad Madeline Wilson ’11 will appear on the classic game show “Jeopardy!” this week. Her love for the game show began as an infant and followed her through her college years at BW where she majored in Spanish. 

In fact, after finding out Wilson was going to be a contestant, an excited former neighbor noted, “That’s been your dream since you were in a high chair!”

How did she do it?

Wilson took the initial online test nine times, and finally received an invitation to audition in-person in Detroit last winter. In preparation, she studied various categories on note cards until absorbing anymore information seemed impossible.

The audition consisted of another 50 question test, a mock game and an interview. "The categories were in my favor,” Wilson said. "I was confident that I had done well."

Show Airs Wednesday, March 22; Outcome a Secret

In November 2016, Wilson received the call that would bring her dream to fruition. She had been selected to appear on the show with a taping date of December 7. Until the show airs, she is sworn to secrecy on the outcome.

You can witness her childhood dream come true Wednesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. EDT. Check your local listings for the channel; in Cleveland "Jeopardy!" appears on WEWS-TV 5.