Glenbrook librarian competes on ‘Jeopardy’
Alex Trebek, host of "Jeopardy!," with contestant Ana Peso of Wheeling, who is a librarian at Glenbrook North High School. Peso's taped appearance will air in December. | Provided
Updated: November 7, 2012 12:18AM
NORTHBROOK — Ana Peso’s upcoming appearance on “Jeopardy,” a popular TV show quiz show, is something she seems to have been preparing for all of her life.
Peso, a Glenbrook North High School librarian, has always been a reader and has loved trivia since she was a child. She also participated in the Scholastic Bowl in high school.
“It actually was a dream of mine to be on ‘Jeopardy’ since I was a kid. I heard about the online test in 2009, took it, and was actually selected to interview for the show, but didn’t hear anything afterward, maybe because I was super nervous,” Peso said.
“Then I took the online test again in 2011 and was selected for an interview in Kansas City. This time, I knew what to expect. When they called in August saying I had been chosen, I was so excited I gave out a little scream!”
Peso taped the show Sept. 19 in Los Angeles, where she finally fulfilled that childhood fantasy.
She credits how well she did, which she is not allowed to discuss according to a confidentiality agreement with the show, on her interest in history and pop culture, as well as always keeping up with what is going on in the world.
Peso’s favorite reading material includes historical fiction, Agatha Christie mysteries and young adult books, since Glenbrook students are always asking her questions about their interests.
Being somewhat knowledgeable in those areas, and a multitude of others with which librarians become familiar, didn’t hurt her, she acknowledged.
“I was so excited and nervous, and it all happened so fast that it was like being in a dream,” Peso said.
“I’m both anxious and a little bit nervous to see myself on the program when it airs.”
Peso’s episode will air at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, on ABC-7.