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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Kids can try out online for Jeopardy Oct. 5



emmajohnson.jpgThe online test for Jeopardy Kids Week is scheduled for Oct. 5, and Tampa Bay kids seem to have pretty good luck. Last year, two St. Petersburg middle schoolers, both named Emma, went to the big show in California and one of them even won the top prize.

I had the pleasure of meeting both Emmas at a watch party in July the night Emma Couture won the big prize. Actually, I've known Emma Couture, below, since she was a little girl (her parents work with me at the St. Petersburg Times). So it was Emma Johnson, left, who had become fast friends with her fellow Jeopardy mate, who I also met that night. They both share a charming, self-deprecating sense of humor and I can see why the producers picked them.

What was remarkable was how good the kids were at keeping a secret. The two middle schoolers from St. Petersburg were flown out to California in March for Jeopardy!'s Kids Week. But it wasn't until July that we found out Emma Couture won the big prize: a $15,000 scholarship. 

emmacouture.jpgSo what did it take? Both girls aced the online test, and then were summoned to Miami for an audition. They did a mini game and had funny answers when the mock host asked them questions. Ex: Host: "What do you want to be when you grow up?"  Emma Couture: "How should I know, I'm only 11!"

Then they went home to wait. And wait. It was a full six months before they got the word that they would be on the show, and it was another several months before they went to California.

So if your kid is good at keep in a secret and has loads of personality, you can get more information and fill out registration forms at

--Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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