SLIPPERY ROCK – A Slippery Rock man who appeared on “Jeopardy!” last week came home a winner.
Dylan Parson of Slippery Rock ended his “Jeopardy!” run Sept. 25, walking away with more than $30,000 in winnings.
“It was very surreal to be there,” said Parson, 21, a senior religion major at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He appeared in episodes starting Sept. 22 and was a three-night champion. The episodes were taped Aug. 26 in Culver City, Calif.
Parson came in second place on Sept. 25, when host Alex Trebek started the show by saying his current total of $27,799 was “not all that great.”
Parson correctly guessed the “Final Jeopardy” clue about “European Cities,” but did not have enough money to wager at the end to come out on top.
Second-place winners get $2,000, which brought his four-day total to $31,799.
The 2012 graduate of Slippery Rock High School watched the game show with family and friends, including his girlfriend.
“It was pretty rowdy ... . There was some yelling,” he said of the reactions to his wins.
His girlfriend and seven family members had attended the tapings in California. Contestants are required to keep their results a secret. One of his brothers was unable to attend the tapings and didn’t know the results until watching on TV.
Parson said he was a little nervous to be on TV, but that there’s not a big difference between what people see while watching at home and being there in person. He said he got along well with his competitors and Trebek was very personable and took time for questions from the audience.
“He doesn’t feel like a celebrity,” Parson said.
Parson said he wasn’t sure yet how much money he’ll receive after taxes. He expects to put some toward school loans, and perhaps a car or vacation.
“Jeopardy!” is in its 32nd season, and this was the third time Parson had taken the online test, and the second time he was called to audition.
Parson was told the show would contact him within 18 months if they selected him to play; he was called two weeks after the audition. He didn’t have a lot of time to prepare, but said you can’t do too much planning for a show about “random facts.”
A “Jeopardy!” fan who considers himself to be pretty good at trivia, he did well with the answers that focused on history, politics, geography and flags, but said sports is probably one of his weakest subject areas.
Parson plans to attend seminary after graduating from Denison in the spring. He belongs to Slippery Rock United Methodist Church and has worked at Slippery Rock Community Park.