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Alex Trebek proves that you need to have strength of mind AND body if you're going to host Jeopardy! Watch when a contestant challenges him to arm wrestle on today's J.

Posted by Jeopardy! on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

UAlbany Alum Muscles Her Way to Jeopardy! Champion

Alex Trebek proves that you need to have strength of mind AND body if you're going to host Jeopardy! Watch when a contestant challenges him to arm wrestle on today's J.

Posted by Jeopardy! on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (Friday, January 15) – University at Albany alum Ameila Hershberger is $43,000 richer. She’s also quite the arm wrestler.

Hershberger, a 2004 political science graduate, won three consecutive nights on Jeopardy! On Wednesday, she even showed off her arm-wrestling strength, winning a challenge by host Alex Trebek.

In total, Hershberger collected $43,000, including $21,200 on Tuesday, $15,800 on Wednesday, and $6,000 on Thursday.

UAlbany Alum on Jeopardy!
Ameila Hershberger '04 totaled $43,000 in winnings over three days on Jeopardy!

Hershberger sealed victories on Tuesday and Wednesday in Final Jeopardy! Tuesday’s clue asked contestants to name the hymn by slave trader-turned-minister John Newton that first appeared in 1779 as "Faith's Review and Expectation." On Wednesday, the final question asked each contestant to name the 1972 text that drew on "The Private Life of the Rabbit." The answers? Amazing Grace and Watership Down.

On Thursday, she correctly answered a question on Harvey Milk, a 1951 UAlbany alum and gay rights activist.

Hershberger graduated from Emma Willard School in Troy in 2001. She currently works in Albany as a management analyst.

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