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Afro Rocking Leonard Cooper Hilariously Wins Jeopardy! Teen Tournament [VIDEO]


Long-running TV game show Jeopardy! and its annual teen tournament has been going strong for years. However, nothing could have prepared host Alex Trebek for one of the cockiest tournament winners of all time in 17-year-old high school senior Leonard Cooper.

Cooper, a student at Little Rock, Ark. charter school eSTEM Public High was the darling of his hometown after a special gathering of friends to watch the taped tournament Tuesday (February 12) night reported Arkansas Online. Sporting an afro and a casual demeanor, Cooper snagged the grand prize of $75,000 large in the two-day tourney – all without even getting the Final Jeopardy! answer correct. Compared to his fellow contestants, the Brown University hopeful struck an air of flippancy but showed extreme confidence down the stretch.

The Final Jeopardy! answer was “On June 6, 1944 He Said, “The Eyes Of The World Are Upon You” and only second-place winner Barret Block answered Dwight D. Eisenhower correctly. It was Cooper’s answer, however, that caused Trebek and the entire studio audience to erupt into laughter. Cooper wrote “WHO is some guy in Normandy But I just won $75,000” after coasting to a comfortable first place lead. Trebek took to the joke well, remarking on Cooper’s sense of humor while congratulating him on the win.

Back home (and on his birthday no less), Cooper said he intends to use his money towards college, musical equipment and a vehicle. Although his brashness on the show may put off some, the bubbling Internet sensation showed measurable humility after having a pizza celebration with friend’s last night.

“Oh man, I’ve been watching Jeopardy! for so many years, I’ve been wanting to be on the show for a while,” Cooper shared. “Actually being on and being able to win a tournament, that was the icing on the cake.”

Check out Leonard Cooper’s win in the video below.

Photo: Jeopardy Productions

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  • cindy

    Leonard, you have won America’s heart and especially mine, a retired school teacher. I wish all of your dreams come true. I am so pride to be an American as you are. Your future is on track to great success. Go for it, Leonard. Go for it with all of your heart. You’re GREAT!!!

  • Well played. Gutsy move and it paid off.

    Gotta love watching contestants who are just a bit too young to be scared of that money. 🙂 Well done.

  • bob

    get that boy a suit

    • seymour

      Damn, dude. You’re hatin’ already?

  • Ethan

    if there was an award for best swagger on Jeopardy, Leonard would of won that big time.

  • BacchusPlateau

    Awesome! Way to go Dawayne from What’s Happening 🙂

    • THAT’S who he reminds me of! Good catch Bacchus!

  • Amy

    is this for real? how come his name is a combination of Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory? is it a coincidence?

  • Clayton

    I met Leonard at Governor’s School this past year. Great guy, he’s amazing with the guitar and that for can’t be beat. Congrats Leonard!

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  • iain_banks

    Can we please have more teens like Leonard, and less Weezy/minaj/rihanna? Is that too much to ask?

  • Suzibean

    Cockiness and brashness? Are you kidding me? This kid seemed super humble, always shaking his head and making hysterical facial expressions signifying when he had no idea what the answer was. And he topped it off with hilarious and unexpected humor. LOVE that he won and in a most memorable fashion!