First-year Notre Dame student competes on "Jeopardy"

Author: Arts and Letters


Courtney Smotherman, a University of Notre Dame freshman from Maumee, Ohio, appeared Tuesday (March 6) on the television quiz program “Jeopardy.”

A group of friends and fellow residents of Pasquerilla East Hall joined Smotherman at Notre Dame’s Lafortune Student Center to watch her appearance live on television.

“I’ve watched ‘Jeopardy’ since I was 4 years old and dreamed of being on the show,” Smotherman said. “It was an utterly amazing experience.”

“Jeopardy” conducts a collegiate competition, but Smotherman chose to audition for the regular version of the show. After a successful on-line test and a live audition in the spring of 2006, her name was placed in the active contestant pool.

Smotherman received word in the fall that she would be on an episode taped during the first week of December. She then was required to keep the results of her program confidential until the national broadcast in March. For finishing in third place, Smotherman was awarded a cash prize of $1,000.

Smotherman, who is enrolled in the First Year of Studies at Notre Dame, was named to the Dean’s Honor List last fall and intends to major in Arabic and Italian with a minor in European Studies. A member of the Arts and Letters Honors Program, Smotherman also participates in Notre Dame’s Academic Competition Club.

Contact: Courtney Smotherman, 419-704-7485,

Originally published by Kyle Chamberlin at on March 07, 2007.