Who's Using the NCI-Frederick Scientific Library?

Written by Ms. Jen Hofmann, a senior at Tuscarora High School
September/October 2013

Jen Hofmann and Theodore Nikolaitchik

I'm not entirely sure what I was expecting when I walked into the auditorium the morning of this year's Science Jeopardy Tournament, but I certainly didn't anticipate it to be such a down-to-the-wire competition!

Although we made it through our preliminary match fairly easily, the final match was an entirely different story. The other two teams (including the returning champions) were lightning fast on their buzzers, and although my partner Theo and I knew almost every answer, we were having trouble buzzing in time.

Having been behind for most of the match, we managed to tie it up for second place going into Final Jeopardy because of a few lucky Daily Doubles. Being a long-time Jeopardy fan, I have always wanted to say "Let's make it a true Daily Double, please." And because luck was on our side that morning, I ended up saying it twice in the span of a few hours!

Knowing we had nothing to lose, we decided to wager all of our points on the "General Science" question. In the end, our bold wagers won us the game and gift cards to Barnes and Noble!

Competing in the Jeopardy tournament was definitely one of the highlights of my summer here at the FNLCR, and I would highly recommend it to any SIP next year!