|Allyson Liberman is all smiles after winning on Jeopardy! (Photo courtesy of parents Julie Kovach and Richard Lieberman)|
Ive seen so many children have their wishes [through Make-A-Wish] granted, and I thought that was awesome, she said.
Lieberman, who is the daughter of Julie Kovach, clinical assistant professor in cardiology, and Richard Lieberman, clinical assistant professor of gynecology and pathology, hopes one day to be an actress. I would love to act; its always been my dream, says Lieberman.
A three-time contestant in the National Spelling Bee and recent star of the musical Annie performed at Greenhills School, where she is in eighth grade, Lieberman has no problem appearing before a large audience. When asked if she was nervous during the show, Lieberman said, No, it was really about staying focused.
She put her pressure skills to the test when she selected two daily double clues, bet $5,000 on each and won. In the Final Jeopardy round, already far in the lead at $19,500, Lieberman bet $7,000. The Jeopardy answer came up: This California structure painted International Orange is one of the seven wonders of the world.
Lieberman confidently wrote the correct phrase, What is the Golden Gate Bridge?
Coming up with the correct answersor in Jeopardy!s case, the correct questionswas only one part of Liebermans experience. For the taping of the show, broadcast Dec. 24, Lieberman and her parents flew to Los Angeles and were put up in the Beverly Hilton with other contestants of the Jeopardy! Holiday Kids Competition.
Jeopardy really made the kids have a fantastic time, says her father, Richard Lieberman. Allyson Lieberman and the other contestants took advantage of the Beverly Hiltons heated pool. They made sure we had fun, she said.
The fun will continue as all contestants also won a trip for four to Hawaii.
Another health system celebrity made his debut on Jeopardy! last week. Dr. Michael Carbana, assistant professor, Pediatrics-Ambulatory Care Program, was featured on the program on Friday, Jan. 11.