A sophomore from Arden, North Carolina...

Caitlin Cook

What happened when you found out you were going to be a contestant?
Well, I've been a big fan of the show for many years, so I kept watching to see if they were going to have auditions any time soon. So, when I heard on the show that they were going to have auditions for the Teen Tournament, I went on the web site, and registered. And then I heard that I was going to go to Nashville. So for the audition day, we drove to Nashville, and I took the test and played the mock game--I felt pretty good about it when I was going out of there. And they told us anywhere from April to November--February that we were going to hear from them. So I kept waiting. I was like, "Oh, I don't know about this." But then finally, one day, my mom was picking me up from school. And she said, "Caitlin, we heard from Jeopardy!" I was like, "What!" So I was just really shocked and really excited about it.

What are you most excited about today?
I'm looking forward to meeting Alex and playing with the buzzers, because the buzzers are a lot of fun.

If you had a "dream Jeopardy! category," what would it be?
My ultimate dream Jeopardy! category would be THE HARRY POTTER BOOKS, because I know just about everything there is to know about that. But realistically, I would like them to ask about GEOGRAPHY or MYTHOLOGY or SPACE.

How did you prepare for today?
Well, my mom bought me a world almanac, and I looked at that. And we got the Jeopardy! game for CD-ROM and I played that a little. I And I went to my school's quiz bowl team practices and answered questions and thought about things that I might need to know for this.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Hopefully, in college, getting a master's degree in something. I would really like to work for NASA as an astrophysicist or possibly even an astronaut.

What will you do with the money you win?
Probably most of it--if I win some money today--probably most of it would go in the college fund. But I might convince my mom and dad to buy, maybe, a good sound system or something for my TV.

Do you have a particular role model?
My parents, obviously, they've been really supportive of me. My older sister, who's in college, and can't be here today... Hi Kristyn! I also admire Albert Einstein for being very intelligent.

2005 Teen Tournament semifinalist: $5,000.
16 at the time of the Teen Tournament.

Caitlin appeared in the following 2 archived games:
#4704, aired 2005-02-03 Michael Braun vs. Peter Severson vs. Caitlin Cook 2005 Teen Tournament semifinal game 2.
#4700, aired 2005-01-28 Caitlin Cook vs. Allan Long vs. Whitney Prince 2005 Teen Tournament quarterfinal game 3.

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