A junior from Burke, Virginia...

Naren Tallapragada

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I see myself in ten years, uh, running my own business. I'm very interested in nanotechnology, some of the new physics, uh, and engineering that's coming up, so I want to start my own company and see if I can't do something like, uh, design some materials that people in developing countries have--y'know, uh, materials to build their houses, to capture solar energy, uh, cheaply and efficiently. I want to something to help out the world, but at the same time make a little money, have some fun.

Do you have a particular dream category?
Dream category--I gotta same my dream category's probably WORLD GEOGRAPHY, because I just--ever since I was a young kid, about 2, I've been watching Jeopardy!, and I've loved maps. So, put the two together, WORLD JEOPARDY!--I mean, WORLD GEOGRAPHY!

What are you most excited about today?
Most excited probably about finally meeting Alex Trebek, because he's always, y'know, the shiny face on TV, y'know, hosting Jeopardy!, but finally I get to shake his hand and say, "Hello!"

What is your favorite part of Jeopardy!?
My favorite thing about Jeopardy!--probably it's how everybody's trying to maneuver, y'know, constantly to bet maybe enough to get one dollar more than the other person, y'know, it's just like all those mind games, and, and the psychological warfare, but at the same time answering all these things that, y'know, it's fun to know. So, I--I love that whole aspect of Jeopardy!

2008-A Teen Tournament semifinalist: $10,000.

16 at the time of the Teen Tournament.

First name pronounced like "nah-RAIN".

Naren appeared in the following 2 archived games:
#5403, aired 2008-02-20 Rachel Horn vs. Naren Tallapragada vs. Todd Faulkenberry 2008-A Teen Tournament semifinal game 3.
#5399, aired 2008-02-14 Hunter Brown vs. Becky Kralle vs. Naren Tallapragada 2008-A Teen Tournament quarterfinal game 4.

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