Joe Vertnik is saving his $10,000 winnings by investing in stocks and bonds.
Wednesday, February 27
by Lorrie Ham “Jeopardy was a great experience—one I’ll never forget,” said Mound Westonka High School senior Joe Vertnik. After earning one of only 15 spots in the Jeopardy Teen Tournament, Vertnik went on to win $10,000 after reaching the semi-final round. While the two-week tournament was taped last November, the show did not air until early February, and Vertnik and his parents, Steve and Debbie, were sworn to secrecy. Vertnik, who earned the right to compete after taking an online test and taking part in a live audition in Chicago, said the best part of the experience was getting to meet all of the other great teens in the competition. “They are seriously some of the smartest, nicest, most down to earth teens I've ever met,” said …
Memorable senior year continues for Mound Westonka High School's Joe Vertnik, who has already won a car and landed a lead roll in recent musical.
Wednesday, February 6
Update: Feb. 5, 9:30 p.m.— Joe Vertnick's $20,000 final tally during Tuesday afternoon's airing was good enough to earn one of four wildcard entries to the 2013 Jeopardy! Teen Challenge. The tournament continues through Feb. 12. Stay tuned for updates. Editor's note: All contestants in the 2013 Jeopardy! Teen Challenge are guaranteed $5,000—with semifinalists receiving $10,000. Third-place receives $15,000; second place receives $25,000 and the top finisher receives $75,000. By Lorrie Ham (originally posted November 2012) After seven years of trying, Mound Westonka High School senior Joe Vertnik was chosen recently to compete in the “Jeopardy! Teen Tournament." “It was a long time coming, but I am extremely privileged to get the chance to…