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(CULVER CITY, CA) May 11th, 2007 Cliff Galiher, a 20-year-old History major at UCLA, took first place in the prestigious 2007 Jeopardy! College Championship, taking home $100,000 in cash winnings.  Galiher emerged victorious after a two-week competition by outscoring 14 undergraduates from across the country, including contestants from Harvard, Yale, Stanford and USC. The special series of episodes were taped at the recently completed Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California.

I still cant believe I won at USC!  Go Bruins! said Galiher. It was tough to compete with Tommy Trojan staring at me from across the stage. I was so afraid of embarrassing myself and facing a hostile crowd, but I was thrilled and encouraged by all the UCLA students and alumni who came out to support me!

Galiher, an aspiring filmmaker, is a self-proclaimed movie buff and currently up to #391 out of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. A native of Half Moon Bay, Calif., he is a devoted San Francisco Giants fan and also enjoys playing a variety of video games during his leisure time. When asked what hell do with his winnings, Galiher said, I promised my roommate that, no matter how much (or little) I won, Id be getting us a nice big TV for our apartment.  Also, Im set on becoming a filmmaker, so Ill be setting the lions share of my winnings aside for some day in the future when Im a starving artist in need of capital.

Craig Boge, a senior at Stanford University finished second in the tournament, winning $50,000.  Third place winner Christine Kennedy, a freshman at Notre Dame, pocketed $25,000.  Kennedy hails from Lancaster, Ohio, while Boge grew up in Prosser, Wash.

Watch an exclusive interview with Cliff here!

The Jeopardy! College Champion