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Chriss Swaney

For immediate release:
November 23, 2004

Carnegie Mellon Engineering Student Wins Jeopardy Game Show College Championship

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Kermin Elliott Fleming, a junior in electrical and computer engineering, has won the $100,000 grand prize as the 2004 Jeopardy College Championship.

"I almost didn't compete because I was busy with school work, but my friends and parents really kept encouraging me to compete," said Fleming, an avid trivial pursuit player.

Fleming, 20, earned a spot in the show's annual college tournament in tryouts Sept. 29 at Carnegie Mellon. The tournament was taped last month at the University of Pittsburgh's Peterson Events Center. But Fleming signed an agreement with Jeopardy preventing him to discuss results until the tournament broadcast, airing at 7 p.m. Nov. 23 on NBC-TV, is completed.

"We are extremely proud of Kermin Elliott Fleming. He is a great example of the outstanding, creative and problem-solving scholars we attract to our top-ranked Engineering programs at Carnegie Mellon," said Pradeep K. Khosla, dean of Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering.

Fleming, from Lexington, Ky., said he plans to put his $100,000 prize into a savings account as a nest egg for the future. "I have this great dream of sailing around the Mediterranean Sea to see all those wonderful cities of history some day," he said.

Fleming beat out contestants from Dickinson College and Williams College. The runner-up receives $50,000 and the third-place contestant earns $25,000.


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