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Fremont Teen on ‘Jeopardy’

By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 at 3:21 pm in Uncategorized.

Jeopardy (MCT Direct Illustration) A Fremont teen is hitting the small screen – as a competitor on the “Jeopardy! Teen Challenge” preliminary round, which airs Wednesday at 7 p.m. on KGO-TV Channel 7. Sixteen-year-old Nikhil Desai, a junior at San Jose’s Bellarmine College Prep and California’s 2008 Geography Bee champ, is keeping mum on the outcome, although he did say it was a pretty incredible experience.

The self-styled nerd said he was handicapped by his lack of interest in pop culture – he loves robotics, interned last summer at the NASA Ames Research Center, and favors books on biochemistry. So when Jeopardy producers asked him to name the girlfriend of New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush, during the qualifying round, Desai didn’t know who Bush was, let alone his sweetie, Kim Kardashian.

“I know nothing about video games,” he told the Bay Area News Group’s Matthew Artz . “I do not understand rap music at all. I cannot understand sports at all except cricket, and ‘Jeopardy!’ is never going to ask about cricket.”

Aww, that’s OK. We find that even more charming.

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