A local young Jeopardy! fan got his chance to compete on the game show last night, and he walked away a big winner.
Cerulean Ozarow, an 11-year-old Park Slope neighbor who attends The Anderson School on the Upper West Side, won the first night of the annual Kids Week, where 10- to 12-year-olds get a chance to phrase their answers in the form of a question. Cerulean took a risk making an $11,000 bet as a “true Daily Double,” and ultimately ended the game with $25,158 in cash winnings, which he tells WNYC he plans to spend on “math camp, college, a short vacation, his ’emergency fund,’ and on some books and games.”
Incredibly excited to learn he would appear on the show, he studied like mad before the taping, which his mom, Rosy Rosenkrantz, told DNAinfo should pay off in the long run, teaching him “that if he has a dream he can work really hard and he can get it.”
“It was fulfilling a dream,” he told the Daily News.
Cerulean joins at least two other Park Slope folks who have had success on Jeopardy — Maria Wenglinsky, who teaches at St. Saviour High School and lives in Bay Ridge, won in 2005 and appeared earlier this year on a round for the Battle of the Decades tournament; while local resident Keith Williams took the crown in the 2003 College tournament, and currently runs a site dedicated to game theory behind the show.
Congrats, Cerulean, you’re in great company!