Georgia Tech student with Asperger completes dream of competing on ‘Jeopardy’

Screen grab of Kelvin Smith’s interview on an episode of “Jeopardy.”
Screen grab of Kelvin Smith’s interview on an episode of “Jeopardy.”

A Georgia Tech student has been able to overcome adversity and fulfill a dream of competing on “Jeopardy.”

Kelvin Smith was diagnosed at the age of 10 with Asperger syndrome, which is an Autism spectrum disorder. But through his hard work and the inspiration he received from family, he felt confident appearing on a TV show watched by millions.

Before Smith’s episode aired this week, the “Jeopardy” Facebook page posted a clip of his interview on the show, titled “Ph.D in Perseverance.” Smith is on his way to earning a doctorate in chemical and biomedical engineering at the Atlanta university.

He encouraged people to embrace differences after describing how two family members were especially instrumental in

“I have a really hard time with social interactions and reading social cues, but my mom and my granddad were really instrumental in helping me nurture my strengths and focus on those and because of that’s why I’m here playing this game today,” Smith said.

Smith finished in third place on the show, CBS 46 Atlanta reports.

PhD in Perseverance | Jeopardy!

If there's one trait all of our contestants share, it's perseverance. Kelvin has it in spades. Wish him luck #TodayOnJ!. ♠️

Posted by Jeopardy! on Thursday, November 2, 2017

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