Olathe student wins $12,600 on ‘Jeopardy!’; advances in tourney

No doubt Big Brother was watching and cheering, too.

Evan Eschliman of Olathe advanced in the “Jeopardy!” Teen Tournament in dramatic fashion, buzzing in with a tiebreaking answer about the George Orwell novel “1984.”

The Olathe South sophomore was fast out of the gate on Day 5 of the tourney, which aired Friday. By the first commercial break, Evan had banked $6,000 and was leading his two opponents. But he fell behind during the Double Jeopardy segment.

Going into Final Jeopardy, a question on the American Revolution, Evan was in second place with $13,800. Although all three contestants guessed Alexander Hamilton (correct answer: Benedict Arnold), Evan wagered the smallest amount, finishing with $12,600.

That happened to be the exact amount the young lady in the lead ended up with, so host Alex Trebek trotted out a tiebreaker to determine the winner.

Evan, 16, and eight other contestants compete in semifinal play, which has already been taped in Washington, D.C., and will be shown next week (4 p.m. weekdays on KSHB-TV).