Nishanth Uli has won his first Jeopardy match.
Uli, a 2011 Solon High graduate, soundly defeated his two opponents on Friday's episode of the Jeopardy! College Championships to advance to the next round.
Uli collected $$22,801 in the win. Uli is now one of nine college students still alive in the tournament. The next round begins Monday.
Uli was in control most of the game, and also answered Final Jeopardy correctly. The category was Famous Names In Transportation and the clue was:
"In 1928, a year after making international headlines, it reached its final destination, the Smithsonian."
The answer was the Spirit of St. Louis, and Uli, who was well in the lead, waged $1,001 on the question.
Uli, who now attends Washington University in St. Louis and studies biology and history, is one of 15 college students participating in the Jeopardy! College Championship, a two-week event that started May 6 and will earn the winner $100,000 and a slot in the Tournament of Champions.
The tournament was filmed in April.
After the first commercial break, when Jeopardy Host Alex Trebek talks with the contestants, Uli told Trebek that he is heading to France this summer to shadow a neurosurgeon. He plans to take some classes and learn about the culture.