A junior from Aventura, Florida...

Raya Elias-Pushett

How did your classmates react when they found out you would be on Jeopardy!?
Uh, my friends didn't react as enthusiastically as I had hoped, 'cause, they're like, "Eh, well, we expected it." I didn't at all!

Any plans for your winnings?
Well, I'm gonna invest it, and give some away to different charities that are very close to my heart, and then if I get the big money, we're gonna go on a Lindblad expedition!

Will appearing on Jeopardy! get you out of any homework?
None at all!

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Hopefully I'll be out of grad school, but I really want to go to space and work for NASA!

2011 Teen Tournament 2nd runner-up (semifinalist by wildcard): $20,851.

First name pronounced like "RY-uh".

16 at the time of the Teen Tournament.

Raya’s mother, social studies teacher Ellen Elias-Pushett, won on Wheel of Fortune in 2001.

Jeopardy! Message Board user name: RayaJTT2011

Raya appeared in the following 4 archived games:
#6098, aired 2011-03-02 Raynell Cooper vs. Kailyn LaPorte vs. Raya Elias-Pushett 2011 Teen Tournament final game 2.
#6097, aired 2011-03-01 Raynell Cooper vs. Kailyn LaPorte vs. Raya Elias-Pushett 2011 Teen Tournament final game 1.
#6094, aired 2011-02-24 Brandon Welch vs. Idrees Kahloon vs. Raya Elias-Pushett 2011 Teen Tournament semifinal game 1.
#6091, aired 2011-02-21 Nikhil Desai vs. Raya Elias-Pushett vs. Andrew Van Duyn 2011 Teen Tournament quarterfinal game 3.

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