Dhruv Gaur, a Brown University freshman, is the big man on campus, having won $100,000 and being named the “Jeopardy!” college champion.
Gaur, of Gainesville, won Friday night’s final to take home the $100,000 grand prize.
The game was a runaway, meaning Gaur did not need to bet when the Final Jeopardy question came.
“By that time, I could just kind of relax and not take it so seriously and kind of mess around on the Final Jeopardy answer instead of actually having to answer the question,” said Gaur, a Lakeview Academy alumnus.
The Final Jeopardy question concerned classic literary characters: He declares that one of the people he is trying to emulate is a medieval knight known as Amadis of Gaul.
The correct answer was Don Quixote. Gaur wrote “That’s all folks.”
In his semifinal game, Gaur was unsure on a Latin Vulgate Bible question while in second place.
“It was kind of surreal, because at that point I had kind of given up on winning the game mentally. And then when I found out I did, it was an incredible moment,” he said.
While the tournament aired over the past two weeks, Gaur responded to online commenters, both friendly and fiendish. He kept up with some of the other contestants through group text messaging.
“The other day, a mom tweeted at me about her 9-year-old kid was rooting for me on ‘Jeopardy!,’ and that was just a really nice, very wholesome interaction that really made my day,” Gaur said.
Gaur said he has particularly grown close to his fellow semifinal competitor, Rishab Jain, who attends Georgia Tech.
“In the game that we both played, we kind of tag-teamed on some of the tweets that came at us. If they were kind of negative toward Rishab, then I would comment on it and vice versa.”
Gaur said the experience has been “inspiring and humbling” to meet more than a dozen other intelligent, fun college students through the 15-person tournament.
Gaur watched the final match on campus at Brown University.
Regarding the winnings, the Lakeview Academy alum said he promised to take his friends out to dinner. Beyond that, Gaur said he planned to save for graduate school, potential business ventures or other large personal investment opportunities.