OBU student takes a spin on Wheel of Fortune

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Sarah Spakes, a student at Ouachita Baptist University, is appearing as part of “College Week” on Wheel of Fortune. During this week of shows, all the contestants are college students going head-to-head spinning the Wheel to win once-in-a-lifetime vacations, new cars, and cash prizes by solving hangman-style puzzles. 

Spakes grew up in Benton before deciding to stay close to home and attend Ouachita. She enjoys being close to home and her family but also considers herself lucky to be part of the amazing school and community of OBU.

Sarah Spakes, a student at Ouachita Baptist University, is appearing on Wheel of Fortune soon.

One of Spakes’ favorite traditions at the school is Tiger Tunes, a multi-day sing and dance competition between student groups and social clubs to help raise money for student scholarships. She also has bought into the rivalry between OBU and Henderson State University. There is a series of pranks each year between the two colleges before their heated rivalry football game. Spakes stays up with her friends to protect the Tiger mascot on campus from being defaced by the HSU students. She is also a proud member of many school clubs, including the Ouachita Student Foundation, Gamma Phi Women’s Social Club, OBU College Republicans, and the OBU Judicial Council.

Spakes has been a huge fan of Wheel of Fortune her entire life. Growing up, watching the show was part of the nightly family routine. She and her parents would constantly compete against each other to see who could solve the puzzle first, and Sarah would almost always win. She will be appearing on Wheel of Fortune on Tuesday, November 22, 2022. With any winnings, she would love to travel to Paris for the 2024 Olympics and help pay for graduate school.

WHERE TO WATCH: Weeknights on KATV Channel 7 at 6:30 p.m.

It’s never been easier to audition to become a contestant. Wheel of Fortune fans can submit applications at for a chance to be invited to a virtual audition. There, potential contestants can show off their puzzle-solving skills and potentially be selected to appear as a contestant on the show from the comfort of their own homes. If selected to be on the show, everyone goes home with a minimum of $1,000.

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