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First-Year Ramapo Student Earns Spot on Jeopardy! Semifinals; Show to Air on Thursday, November 17

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)November 15, 2016

MAHWAH, N.J. – Ramapo College first-year Biochemistry major and Literature minor, Emily LaMonica ’20, will be competing in the semifinals of the Jeopardy! Teen Tournament on Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m., airing on ABC-TV.

Emily, who learned she had made the Teen Tournament last winter and went to film the episodes back in April, has had to keep quiet all this time about the experience. “It wasn’t really too hard [to keep quiet], but people kept trying to get information,” says Emily. A high school student at the time at the Marine Academy of Science and Technology, the Sayreville, N.J., native was the oldest teen among the other contestants, with whom she has enjoyed staying in contact. “We still have a group chat going on!” says Emily. The contestants, who hail from schools across the country, stay in touch via social media and texting to chat about academics or current topics – plus, they’re able to talk to each other about the show when not being able to talk about it with others, Emily says.

For Emily’s first-round appearance in the Teen Tournament last week, she was able to watch the episode with friends and her boyfriend, also a Ramapo student, in one of the residence halls. Emily would not hint at the outcome of her Jeopardy! experience—she signed a contract with the show’s producers to keep the results a secret.

But she happily admitted that she is really enjoying her first year at Ramapo and is looking forward to pursuing a career in research for medicinal chemistry.



About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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