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Northwestern grad to appear on 'Millionaire'

Kristie Appelgren, left, a graduate student at the Medical University of South Carolina and 1997 graduate of Northwestern HIgh School, will be a contestant on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" on Wednesday and Thursday.
Kristie Appelgren, left, a graduate student at the Medical University of South Carolina and 1997 graduate of Northwestern HIgh School, will be a contestant on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" on Wednesday and Thursday.

Rock Hill native Kristie Appelgren, a graduate student at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, will be a contestant on the television game show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" on Wednesday and Thursday.

Appelgren, a 1997 graduate of Northwestern High School in Rock Hill who is studying to be a pediatrician, is the daughter of Chris and Diana North of Rock Hill.

The show, with its Emmy Award-winning host Meredith Vieira, airs locally on Charlotte's WBTV (CBS) at 7:30 p.m. It premiered its sixth season in national syndication on Monday.

Appelgren, married to husband Richard, was a contestant on "Wheel of Fortune" four years ago, according to the show's publicist, but she didn't do well -- she kept spinning Bankrupt and Lose a Turn.

While waiting to tape her episode of "Millionaire" in New York City, where she traveled with her mother and a family friend, Appelgren sat backstage with cotton in her ears and humming, so as not to hear the other contestants' questions. She didn't want to psych herself out or make herself more nervous.

If she won big on "Millionaire," the publicist reported, Appelgren plans to buy a car to replace her 1991 Volvo, which has 330,000 miles, take vacations and attend language schools.

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