‘Jeopardy!’ winner becomes 1st transgender contestant to make Tournament of Champions

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Amy Schneider has made “Jeopardy!” history.

The engineering student from Oakland, California is currently on a 10-show winning streak and is the first transgender contestant to ever qualify for the coveted Tournament of Champions, the annual competition of the top winners on "Jeopardy!"

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As of Tuesday, Schneider has earned a total of $380,200.

Last week, she tweeted her reaction after qualifying for the Tournament of Champions upon winning her 5th straight game.

“I'd won the full five games in a taping day, and I'd get to come back tomorrow,” she wrote.  “I was excited, relieved, and exhausted, but overall it just felt great!”

She elaborated on her history-making achievement in an interview with KGO-TV.

"I am so incredibly grateful,” Schneider told the outlet. "Hopefully I can send a positive message to the nerdy trans girl who wants to be on the show too."

Schneider has been using her appearance on the long-running game show to raise awareness and wore a trans Pride flag pin during an episode that aired on Thanksgiving.

“I didn’t want to make too much about being trans, at least in the context of the show,” she added in a Twitter thread last week. “I am a trans woman, and I’m proud of that fact, but I’m a lot of other things, too!”

Schneider is currently in 8th place in the show's all-time regular season winnings, a result that has exceeded her expectations.

"I'm not going to pretend I didn't think I could do good,” she said in a Jeopardy.com interview, "but this is just so much better than I thought I would do.”

Schneider is not the first transgender contestant to appear on the show. Last year, Kate Freeman made history as the first out transgender contestant to win on “Jeopardy!”

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