University of Minnesota Student Wins $100,000 in 'Jeopardy!' College Championship

Busayo Ogunjimi
Apr 21, 2020
11:20 P.M.

A University sophomore, Nibir Sarma, emerged the winner of the 2020 edition of "Jeopardy!: College Championship." He became the first winner from the University of Minnesota.


Nibir Sarma, a university sophomore from Eden Prairie, won the annual game show, "Jeopardy!: College Championship," which earned him a $100,000 cash prize. Sarma's victory took place before the coronavirus pandemic, but it wasn't aired until last Friday.

In a tweet on the official Twitter page of "Jeopardy," Nibir was congratulated for winning the show. The congratulatory message was posted alongside a clip that featured some of Nibir's memorable moments from the show.

In this handout photo provided by Jeopardy Productions, Inc., "Jeopardy!" Host Alex Trebek, 72, returned to the set at Sony Pictures Studios to tape the first episode of the new season on July 25, 2012 in Culver City, California. | Photo: Getty Images

In this handout photo provided by Jeopardy Productions, Inc., "Jeopardy!" Host Alex Trebek, 72, returned to the set at Sony Pictures Studios to tape the first episode of the new season on July 25, 2012 in Culver City, California. | Photo: Getty Images

While speaking at a press conference, Sarma explained that he had been proud to represent the state of Minnesota and also the public school students.

The chemical engineering major also revealed that he was happy he had been able to put Minnesota in the spotlight through his win. He said:


"I'm hoping since Minnesota isn't featured that often in the national conversation, that I can bring some attention to our area and to the whole state..."


Sarma's win makes him the first student from the University of Minnesota to win the championship since the college tournament started in 1989.

The victory automatically earned the young student a spot in the show's coveted long-running series' Tournament of Champions.

The original daytime version of "Jeopardy" debuted on NBC on March 30, 1964, and aired until January 3, 1975.


Speaking about the next level of the competition, Nibir admitted that he knew the questions would be a lot more intense, and the problem would be more difficult.

Although Samar has plans to study more for the tournament as it approaches, he explained that he would be relaxing for a while. He said:

"For now, I'm just relaxing. … I don't want to stress myself out more than I have to. I just won $100 grand; I feel like I can afford to relax a bit!"


"Jeopardy!" is an American television game show created by Merv Griffin. It centers around a quiz competition in which contestants are presented with general knowledge clues in the form of answers. The contestants must, in turn, phrase their responses in form of questions.

The original daytime version of the show aired on NBC from March 30, 1964, until January 3, 1975. In September 1974, a weekly night-time edition debuted, and aired until September 1975. Art Fleming hosted both of these versions.

The current version, which is produced by Sony Pictures Television, premiered on September 10, 1984. Since it began, the daily syndicated version has featured Alex Trebek as host and Johnny Gilbert as an announcer.

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