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Arroyo Grande teen to be on 'Jeopardy!' representing Cal Poly

"Jeopardy!" contestant Weston Mangin of Arroyo Grande with host Alex Trebek.
"Jeopardy!" contestant Weston Mangin of Arroyo Grande with host Alex Trebek. Jeopardy Productions Inc.

An Arroyo Grande teen will represent Cal Poly this week on “Jeopardy!”

Cal Poly freshman Weston Mangin, 19, is among 15 college students competing for more than $250,000 in prize money on the popular game show.

More than 12,000 undergraduates competed for slots in the College Championship, which features students from Harvard, Stanford, Georgetown and other prestigious universities. Some schools, including Cal Poly, are appearing in the tournament for the first time.

The grand prize winner will receive $100,000, while second place earns a minimum of $50,000 and third place $25,000. Semifinalists receive $10,000, and contestants eliminated in the first round receive $5,000.

“As with most things in life, the cost of a college education is steadily on the rise,” “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek said in a news release. “We want to reward the accomplishments of these incredibly sharp students by investing in their future and helping them reach their full potential.”

Since 1989, students from more than 150 colleges and universities have participated in the tournament, earning nearly $3 million in cash prizes.

The College Championship airs at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Feb. 14 on NBC.

For more details, check out www.jeopardy.com.

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