“My mother has sacrificed so much and never complained,” he told the Chicago Tribune. “If I could repay that in kind, that’d be great.”
The coed Catholic high school has had other high achievers during its 80-plus year history including Rhodes Scholars and an Olympic gold medalist. Now they can count a “Jeopardy” winner amongst their ranks. Burnett, for his part, remains humble about his achievement..
“I just think I happened to be in the right place at the right time,” he said.
Watch video of the student screening of Burnett’s win.