11-year-old Greeley boy testing to be on kid's edition of 'Jeopardy!' after donations from community

Donations pour in to send Gabriel Harris to L.A.

GREELEY, Colo. - An 11-year-old Greeley boy with Asperger's syndrome will get his wish to try out for "Jeopardy!" thanks to support from the community, the Greeley Tribune reports.

Gabriel Harris has wanted to get a spot on the kid's edition of the television game show for the past five years.  Harris told the Tribune he watches the show every night, and rarely answers a question wrong.

When the show’s producers opened up online testing in October for the 2013 Kid’s Edition for 10- to 12-year-olds, Harris took it and passed.

He was called for a second round of testing, but the cost -- about $1,200 to get him and a parent to Los Angeles -- was more than his family could afford.

After Gabriel’s story appeared in Monday’s edition of The Tribune, donations to an online fundraiser began to pour in.

The family raised more than $2,000 in cash, others donated airline miles and lodging so the entire family could make the trip, the Tribune reported.

The family leaves Dec. 14, Gabriel tests on Dec. 15 and they will fly back on Dec. 17. They told the Tribune they wanted to return on Dec. 16, but Sunday travel was more expensive and they wanted to be prudent with the money.

Any unused funds will go into a savings account to help defer costs of travel again if Gabriel does make the show, or his college expenses if it remains unused.

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