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Charlottesville Student Makes the Cut

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A Charlottesville student is packing her bags and heading to Los Angeles to compete on the game show, Jeopardy, with Alex Trebek.

Joli Millner is a 7th grader at Jackson P. Burley Middle School.

"I think that as long as I can click the button on time I think I could do well on the show," said Joli.

After passing a series of timed quizzes and being interviewed by producers in Philadelphia, Joli became one of 15 kids from across the country to be a contestant on Jeopardy "Kids Week".

"First I didn't believe it and then I'm like I'm on the show and then I'm like oh yeah, I probably would have gotten on the show anyways," Joli said giggling.

She's a confident 11-year-old who began reading at age two and skipped the second grade.

"Right away I noticed that she is very inquisitive, lots of questions, just an insatiable curiosity, loved to read and I just noticed that she just had this huge zest for learning," said Kathy Mallory-Chavers, Joli's 3rd and 4th grade teacher at Agnor-Hurt Elementary School.

"We used to joke last year that she's a walking encyclopedia because she always was just able to pull amazing facts out of her head that no one else including myself knew sometimes," said Chris Shedd, Joli's 6th grade Social Studies teacher at Jackson P. Burley Middle School.

Joli loves social studies and when it comes to presidents, she knows who her favorite ones are.

"Abraham Lincoln a lot and I guess Kennedy was a pretty good president, too. Except for the Bay of Pigs thing but other than that he was fine," said Joli.

One day, Joli hopes to be a pediatrician but right now her focus is becoming a Jeopardy champion.

Joli will be in Los Angeles with her mom for a week, and could win a minimum of $10,000. Jeopardy Kids Weeks will air July 5-9, 2010.

Reported by Jennifer Von Reuter
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