‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Amy Schneider Says She Was Voted Most Likely to be on the Game Show in 8th Grade

by Leanne Stahulak

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Amy Schneider is performing so well on “Jeopardy!”, given her superlative back in eighth grade.

Everyone remembers voting on their classmates to see “who’s most likely to become president” or “change the world” or “has the best hair.” But Schneider, who just won her 18th game on the show, was voted for a more intellectual superlative: Most Likely to Be on “Jeopardy!” One Day.

Schneider shared this tidbit as one of her fun facts on the show, but she also mentioned it to Yahoo! Entertainment in a recent interview. Part of the reason Schneider’s killing it on “Jeopardy!” is because she grew up watching it and learning from it.

“I’ve always watched it and I’ve also always been interested in learning facts and stuff,” Schneider said in the interview. “And as I mentioned on the show, in eighth grade I was voted Most Likely to Be on Jeopardy! One Day. It was always sort of in my mind that it might be something I did at some point.”

And now, after ten years of applying and auditioning and studying, Schneider finally made it. The engineering manager from Oakland, California, has made huge waves during this season of super champions.

On Friday, Dec. 24, Schneider won her 18th game, putting her in sixth on the “Jeopardy!” Hall of Fame board for consecutive wins. If she wins 19 games, she surpasses David Madden and Jason Zufffranieri. If she wins 20, then she passes Julia Collins. After that, it’s a long road to reach all-star James Holzhauer at 32 games, and recent champion Matt Amodio at 38.

Schneider is also approaching Amodio and Holzhauer in regular season winnings. She’s earned the fourth-highest regular season winnings on “Jeopardy!” so far at $706,800. But she still has a long way to go to catch up to Amodio’s $1.5 million.

‘Jeopardy!” GOAT and Guest Host Ken Jennings Praises Amy Schneider

Few people know “Jeopardy!” as well as Ken Jennings, who won 74 consecutive games and still holds the record for consecutive wins to this day. This year, after the tragic passing of Alex Trebek, Jennings also took over as guest host for the show along with Mayim Bialik. During that time, he got an up-close and personal look at Amy Schneider’s impressive “Jeopardy!” run so far.

Jennings opened up about Schneider’s winning streak in a recent interview with Yahoo! Entertainment. “I don’t know about you, but as a ‘Jeopardy!’ diehard myself, there is nothing I like more than watching a great champion play the game at such a high level of excellence as we’ve seen from our champion, Amy Schneider. She’s so impressive out here,” Jennings said.

High praise from the “Greatest of All Time.” Make sure you catch Schneider in her next game this Monday, Dec. 27.