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#010-17 Naval Academy Midshipman to Compete in Jeopardy College Championship

  POSTED ON: Friday, February 17, 2017 8:30 AM by mediarelations@usna.edu

U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman 4th class (freshman) Gary Tse, 18, of Ellicott City, Md. will participate in Jeopardy’s College Championship this Friday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. on Fox. Jeopardy’s College Championship is a two week event that features 15 students competing for a $100,000 grand prize.

Tse, a proud graduate of Centennial High School and an avid member of their quiz bowl team, has previously participated in local, state, and national quiz bowl tournaments, as well as the Baltimore-DC area TV show, “It’s Academic.”  As a Naval Academy plebe, he is passionate about computer science, English and the community outreach program, Mids for Kids. Tse is grateful for the opportunity to make his family, friends and the Academy proud while competing in the College Championship.

“I’ve always wanted to be on the show, so to make it as a freshman was pretty cool,” said Tse.

 After successfully completing an online test and attending an in-person interview in New York, he received a phone call from the contestant coordinators inviting him to compete in the College Championship.

“I was ecstatic when I found out,” said Tse. “I had every intention of trying each year if I didn’t make it.”

After waiting over a month since the episode was taped, this Friday Tse will join fellow midshipmen of the 4th Company for a viewing party in which he will be watching himself on air for the first time.  As he faces off directly against a Georgetown University student and a University of Kentucky student, Tse has the opportunity to win $100,000 and move on to the semifinals and finals of the College Championship.

Founded in 1845, the U.S. Naval Academy today is a prestigious four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the naval service.  More than 4,400 men and women representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries make up the student body, known as the Brigade of Midshipmen. U.S. News and World Reports has recognized the Naval Academy as a top five undergraduate engineering school and a top 20 best liberal arts college.  Midshipmen learn from military and civilian instructors and participate in intercollegiate varsity sports and extracurricular activities. They also study subjects such as leadership, ethics, small arms, drill, seamanship and navigation, tactics, naval engineering and weapons, and military law.  Upon graduation, midshipmen earn a Bachelor of Science degree in a choice of 25 different subject majors and go on to serve at least five years of exciting and rewarding service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.

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