She did it again. Omaha's Elyse Mancuso beat her two opponents on “Jeopardy! Teen Tournament” to advance to the final starting Thursday.
Elyse, 16, a junior at Elkhorn South High School, came out on top with $40,800 when she correctly answered final Jeopardy: “It's believed that its nose was about 3 feet wide when it was first constructed around 2500 B.C.” Her answer: “What is the Sphinx?”
Her opponents were Evan Eschliman of Olathe, Kan., and Anshika Niraj of Beachwood, Ohio. All three contestants answered correctly, but Elyse had $20,800 going into the final Jeopardy round and bet $20,000 of it. She was able to squeak past Evan who ended up with $39,600.
Elyse is the daughter of Jennifer and Paul Mancuso of Omaha. If she wins in the finals, she will take home $75,000. The second-place finisher will receive $25,000; third place gets $15,000.