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Cal Poly student from Arroyo Grande advances to semifinals of 'Jeopardy!' College Championship

"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.

A Cal Poly student from Arroyo Grande beat out students from Harvard University and Loyola University Chicago to advance to the semifinals of the “Jeopardy!” College Championship.

In the game show aired Wednesday night, Weston Mangin, 19, racked up a final total of $28,800 while his competitors imploded in the Final Jeopardy round and ended with $1 apiece.

In this version of “Jeopardy!,” contestants compete for the chance to win set prize amounts. By winning the first round and advancing as a semifinalist, Mangin assured himself of at least $10,000 in winnings.

The grand prize winner will take home $100,000, while second place earns a minimum of $50,000 and third place gets $25,000.

This is the first time Cal Poly has been represented in the tournament, which winnowed a field of 12,000 undergraduates to 15 students who are appearing on the show.

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

For more information, visit http://www.jeopardy.com.

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