Amy Schneider – who’s won 17 consecutive games of Jeopardy! – is climbing the ladder of series champions.
She’s now collected the fourth-highest winnings in regular season play with $687,400, behind legends Matt Amodio ($1,518,601), James Holzhauer ($2,462,216) and Ken Jennings ($2,520,700).
The engineering manager from Oakland, California, became the first openly transgender contestant to qualify for a spot in the next tournament of top winners after just five wins earlier this year. She’s since opened up about the value of on-screen representation.
“I am so incredibly grateful,” she said in a recent interview with San Francisco station KGO-TV. “Hopefully I can send a positive message to the nerdy trans girl who wants to be on the show too.”
Schneider regularly talks about her gameplay on her Twitter account, @Jeopardamy.
“Post-game thoughts: -Not a lot of drama in this one, I have to say. Sorry if it wasn’t very entertaining! But of course you never know how it will be going in…” she began a thread on Wednesday about her Jeopardy! game.
Of the “Jeopardy!” contestant greats, Schneider said she’d like to beat James Holzhauer, who won 32 games in a row in 2019, nabbed a total of $2,962,216 in prize money and holds the show record for single-game winnings with $131,127.
Growing up in Ohio with parents who were “Jeopardy!” fans – and a mom who was a college professor – Schneider was instilled with a love for learning and the trivia show from a young age.
After she won her first 10 games, Schneider said in a statement that “it’s just so surprising. You know, I’m not going to pretend that I didn’t think I could do good. But this has just been so much better than what I thought I would do.”
How it started:Amy Schneider extends ‘Jeopardy!’ winning streak to five