A senior from Calabasas, California...

Ben Chuchla

What are your post-Jeopardy! plans?
Post-tournament plans--geez. Hopefully I'll get into Columbia. I'm applying there, early decision. If not, hopefully I'll get into some other school! Um, I've got college, and then maybe law school, med school, who knows?

Are you involved in any school activities?
I'm involved with, uh, science bowl. It's kinda like quizbowl, but only for science. Um, I'm involved in a couple of clubs. And I ran track my 9th through 11th grade year, but I didn't have time in my schedule this year, so I'm still a runner, just not on the team.

What is your favorite thing about Jeopardy!?
You know, I'd probably have to say my favorite thing about Jeopardy! is that it's a show that really rewards knowledge. You know? I mean, there aren't enough things out there where really smart people can get ahead, and so Jeopardy!'s one of those things I really like.

What is your favorite memory as a teen?
You know, I really think high school--I can't really pick a single favorite memory. I think it's just the sum of all the memories. Just the experience of being with your friends and everything.

2008-B Teen Tournament wildcard semifinalist: $10,000.

Last name pronounced like "HOO-kla".

Jeopardy! Message Board user name: Ben Chuchla

Ben appeared in the following 2 archived games:
#5566, aired 2008-11-17 Brandon Blackwell vs. Ben Chuchla vs. Audrey Hosford 2008-B Teen Tournament semifinal game 1. Ask Alex #3: Writing.
#5565, aired 2008-11-14 Charlie Carbery vs. Ben Chuchla vs. Shelby Malone 2008-B Teen Tournament quarterfinal game 5.

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