Paoli native and Conestoga High School graduate Emma Boettcher, a librarian at the University of Chicago, has accomplished the seemingly impossible by breaking James Holzhauer’s 32-game winning streak on Jeopardy!, writes Rob Tornoe for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Boettcher dethroned the champ on Monday’s episode of the popular game show.
The new champion became interested in trivia as a student at Conestoga, and quickly developed an affinity for Jeopardy! She had auditioned for the show four times, before finally breaking through during her 2017 audition.
At Princeton University, she started recording which clues she got right and which ones she got wrong. Once she made it onto the show, this gave her a good grasp of her weaknesses and areas Jeopardy! tended to lean on.
Boettcher recorded the episode that aired on Monday on March 12, when she managed to defeat one of the highest earners in the show’s history.
“Just being on Jeopardy! was one dream for me,” she said. “And then to be on and hold my own was another dream. And then to be on and hold my own, and then win was just way beyond anything I ever expected.”
Read more about Emma Boettcher in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.