Youngstown woman competes on ‘Jeopardy!’

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Just one day after Canfield native Laura Cassidy won more than $78,000 on “Wheel of Fortune,” a Youngstown woman competed on “Jeopardy!” Wednesday evening.

West Side resident Linda Vestrand took an online test about a year ago trying to become a contestant.

“I feel like I know a lot of the questions when I watch it, so I figured why not give it a shot? Maybe a lifetime of nerdiness would finally pay off for me,” Vestrand said Wednesday during a “Jeopardy!” watching party at her home.

Shortly after taking the online test, she got a call for an audition in Cleveland. Then in February, she got the call to be on the show.

It was the same day she accepted a new job.

“So I immediately call my brand new boss and say ‘I know I’ve only worked for you for about an hour, but I’m gonna need some time off to go be on ‘Jeopardy!’,” Vestrand said.

Her love for the game show is something that runs in the family.

“We’re both really big ‘Jeopardy!’ fans and watch it all the time and talk about it,” said John Narry, Vestrand’s brother.

The two fans and siblings also think alike, and took the the test to be on the show the same day.

“I didn’t even know. We didn’t know we tried out until a few days later. I  called her up and said ‘hey I took the online ‘Jeopardy!’ test and she said ‘oh me too,'” Narry said.

Vestrand ended Wednesday’s game in third place with $1 left, but she will receive a check for $2,000.

“Well it would have been more fun if I had won. I thought I was going to embarrass myself by not knowing any of the answers, but I did know a lot of the answers. I was just really slow at the buzzer,” Vestrand said.

“It was kind of a big fantasy of both of ours and I was really, really excited when I found out she got on,” Narry said.

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