Brandy Stephenson of Holton (shown above) will be featured as a contestant on an episode of “Wheel Of Fortune” airing next Friday, April 19. Stephenson, a 2004 graduate of Holton High School, filmed the episode in February after she was selected for the show after multiple rounds of interviews. (Photo by Carol Kaelson/Wheel of Fortune®/©2024 Califon Productions, Inc. ARR.)

Stephenson recounts "Wheel Of Fortune" experience

Brandy Stephenson of Holton recently fulfilled a lifelong dream when she appeared as a contestant on “Wheel Of Fortune.” 

Stephenson, 38, was a contestant on the show in February, and the episode that includes her will air at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 19 on WIBW-TV, channel 13 in Topeka. 

A 2004 graduate of Holton High School, Stephenson is the daughter of Linda and Tim Reino of Holton and Rob and Carla Stephenson of Council Grove. 

“I’ve watched ‘Wheel’ since I was a kid with both sets of grandparents,” Stephenson said. “I always wanted to be on it. Last June I had this strong urge to just apply.”

As part of the application process, Stephenson was required to send in a video introducing herself.

Stephenson is a full-time caregiver for her grandmother, Joyce DeVader, and she convinced her to be in the video with her.

“They wanted a video that would stand out so I had gram be in it with me,” she said. “Three days later I got a call for an interview.”

She did a short interview via Zoom with one of the producers, and a few weeks later, on June 30 (her mom’s birthday), she was selected for an audition interview where she played a mock version of the game on Zoom with other potential players.

“I nailed it,” she said. “It was so much fun. I knew I had it in the bag because I’m an outgoing person and I know ‘Wheel Of Fortune.’”

 Stephenson said she felt confident after playing the mock game but learned that it could take, on average, between one and a half years to two years to be selected to be a contestant on the show.

“I waited and I waited,” she said. “I started to feel discouraged because my prayer was that I wanted to be on the show before Pat Sajak leaves and retires this June.”

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