Brayden Andrew Smith

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Brayden Andrew Smith passed away February 5, 2021, at the age of 24. He had attained a lifelong dream as a five-time champion on the Jeopardy! television game show. His appearances were among the last hosted by Alex Trebek, and Brayden was hailed on social media as “Alex’s Last Great Champion.” He was looking forward to competing in the show’s Tournament of Champions. A 2020 graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in economics, Brayden intended to attend law school and become an attorney. At Liberty High School, Brayden was a National Merit Scholar semifinalist, was active in the Junior Classical League and captained his school’s Quiz Bowl team to back-to-back state runner-up finishes. He played the saxophone and enjoyed listening to a variety of music, from Duke Ellington, Chet Baker and Miles Davis to the Beach Boys, Steely Dan and Toto. He was an avid sports fan, cheering on the Detroit Tigers and the Vegas Golden Knights.