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Accounting Honors student set for "Jeopardy"

Published: 2014-02-06

Maria Khrakovsky and JEOPARDY!'s Alex Trebek

Maria Khrakovsky with Jeopardy host Alex Trebek

At the age of eight, Fisher Accounting Honors student Maria Khrakovsky made a list of life goals, which she has added to over the years. Included on the original three-item list: appear on the TV show Jeopardy.

That wish will become a well-earned reality on Friday, February 14 when the 21-year-old, who is also pursuing a degree in French, appears as a contestant on the long-running quiz show’s college week competition.

“I took the online test and then had an in-person audition in Nashville last spring,” Khrakovsky said. “It was right before Thanksgiving that I found out I was going to be on the show. My family went crazy.”

Khrakovsky, whose family emigrated from Ukraine when she was a baby, taped the show in January in Los Angeles, watched in the crowd by her parents and brother. She speaks Russian along with French and counts opera singing among her hobbies. After graduating in the spring, she plans to stay at Fisher to earn a Master of Accounting degree. Her passion for accounting began after she arrived at Ohio State.

“I got invited to an Accounting Honors event at Fisher to check it out and I never looked back,” she said.

Khrakovsky has watched Jeopardy and host Alex Trebek “religiously” over the years, which no doubt helped prepare her for her role as a contestant.

“I like to think that I know at least a little bit about a lot of things,” she said with a laugh.