LCHS Graduate Recalls Recent Stint With Alex Trebek, ‘Jeopardy!’

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Former La Cañada High School graduate Christina Tang-Bernas recently debuted on “Jeopardy!” with longtime game show host Alex Trebek, who died on Sunday.

As “Jeopardy!” fans around the world mourned the loss of the show’s longtime host Alex Trebek this week, La Cañada High School alumna Christina Tang-Bernas felt a particularly strange pang.
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‘Who is Quemars Ahmed?’

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La Cañada Flintridge native Quemars Ahmed, shown here with Alex Trebek, recently enjoyed an appearance on the legendary game show “Jeopardy!”

Quemars Ahmed had to explain to his grandparents this past week that he did not actually lose $15,000 on “Jeopardy!” last Friday.
The La Cañada Flintridge native and onetime editor-in-chief of the UCLA Law Review gave a riveting round of the pop culture gem, rising from a negative start in the first round to being able to wager his $15,000 in the Final Jeopardy bid. Alas, it was not Belize that is the only member of the United Nations with a Spanish article in its name. (The answer was El Salvador.)
Ahmed seemed OK with just making it onto the beloved program, having engaged with and adding some of his own jabs at the showing on Twitter after the episode — which was filmed in February — aired on May 1. He tweeted “My only regret (other than $) is that losing means I can’t play this fun game again!” from his account, @WhatsMyCue, and also admitted that the final question had confused him by its phrasing. Importantly, he wasn’t prepared to assure his grandmother that he hadn’t lost a cent of his own money.
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