A sophomore from Winchester, Virginia...

Katie James

What happened when you found out you were going to be a contestant?
Well, uh, they took me out of lunch and sent me to the library where there was a news crew waiting for me to tell me the surprise. And, uh, my parents were there, and it was just kind of a big whirlwind experience.

Did anyone give you any special advice on playing the game?
Answer the questions right. Yeah, no, nobody really gave me any advice, just, do my best.

How did you prepare for today?
Yeah, I did do a little bit of studying, just to make sure I was on the ball with what I knew, and, uh, I had some help from my academic team coach, and then just... watching, watching Jeopardy! And playing video games with my little brother to build up my reaction time, my hand-eye coordination.

Is there anyone you'd like to say "Hi" to?
Well, I want to say hi to, uh, yeah, my academic team, my basic tech class, uh, my brother George and my sister Amanda, my friends Caitlyn, Trisha, and Anne, and just everyone who's helped me--my parents!

What are you most looking forward to today?
I just wanna play--just wanna play the game. It's going to be something like--this is something that normal people don't get to do a lot, and something I'm only going to get to do once, so, just excited to play the game and just see how everything turns out.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Um, well, probably be out of college and having a job. But I'll only be 25 so I probably won't have kids yet, so...

What are your plans for college?
Well, I want to go to something in a big city--Georgetown or NYU--and I really want to be a news reporter.

What will you do with the money if you win big?
Go to college.

If you could invent a perfect Jeopardy! category, what would it be?
Hm. Well, probably something like THE LINES FROM THE PRINCESS BRIDE or something, because it's something I have a mastery of that I don't think anybody else does.

2006 Teen Tournament quarterfinalist: $5,000.

Katie appeared in the following archived game:
#4932, aired 2006-02-07 Katie James vs. Matt Klein vs. Lauren Romero 2006 Teen Tournament quarterfinal game 2.

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