What happened when you found out you were going to be a contestant?
Well, my parents found out a week before me. And so, I was at the computer, and they came and they sat me down, and they were like, "We need to talk about something." So I got really, really worried, and, um, but then they were like, "Can you miss school next month?" And, so I was, "Of course, yes." And then they said they wanted to take a trip, and I didn't know where, and then they said "To Los Angeles." And I finally figured it out, and I went nuts. And, uh, my dog started running all around the house. And then I tried to call everyone I knew. But everyone's phone was busy. So, I just ran around the house with my dog. So... that got some... stuff out that way.
Did anyone give you any special advice on playing the game?
Uh, not really, just "Do your best," and "You're already a winner," that kind of thing.
What has been the most exciting part of your experience?
Uh, just coming here, I think, um. Definitely stepping on the studio. That's, that's so cool. I'm kind of spellbound right now by it all.
What are you most looking forward to today?
Uh, just playing the game, hopefully doing well, not ending in the red. That's my main goal, so...
What will you do with the money if you win big?
Um, 5% of it goes to the church. I don't know, I don't really think that's a tithe or anything, but... I reduced it a little bit. And, um... Then, I want to go to Australia, but I'm not a very good traveller, so I might just--the rest of it goes to college, I guess.
What are your plans for college?
Uh, hopefully Duke, but that's kind of a reach school, so...
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Um, I hope to be a journalist, maybe on CNN or maybe writing for a newspaper or something like that.