Written by Ms. Jenny Marshall, junior at High Point University and 2015 Student Jeopardy Winner
This was my first summer working on the Fort Detrick campus in the Chemical Biology Laboratory with Dr.Shailesh Ambre and Dr. Joseph Barchi. When Dr. Barchi first approached me
about participating in the Student Jeopardy Tournament, I tried to hide my reluctance with excitement. I was petrified of completely embarrassing myself. However, I was lucky
enough to be able to partner with the brilliant Evan Schauer. I was not expecting much as we walked over to the Tournament. I, being a fan of Jeopardy, would occasionally watch
and try to answer the questions, with not much success. Fortunately, I recognized a lot of familiar faces when I walked in. The friendly people, coupled with the delicious donated
refreshments, helped to ease my anxiety. As the rounds progressed, Evan and I developed a great partnership, which was greatly enhanced by his mastery of the buzzer. The competition
was intense, as there were a lot of intelligent teams. It all came down to the final Jeopardy question in the end. Overall, it was an amazing experience, and I would participate
again in a heartbeat. There was a strong sense of competition, yet camaraderie, between the teams that I had never experienced before, even with my sports background.
I am extremely thankful for my partner Evan, my amazing mentors, all of the event sponsors, and the Scientific Library staff that made this extraordinary event happen.