Word Up…These Kids Can Spell!
So I go to the gym tonight, expecting to watch a little Spurs vs Thunder basketball during my workout. I turn to ESPN, anticipating what the score might be, excited to see if OKC can actually pull a game out of the series. However, what I see in front of me is a 14 year boy from Jamaica, Gifton Wright spelling some word I’ve never even heard of. The boy got the word right, the place went wild and I was hooked for the rest of the night! If anyone can tell me what actually happened in the Spurs and Thunder, I’d appreciate it!
I enjoy the World Series and the Super Bowl. The March Madness Tournament definitely has its thrills, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the New York Rangers playoff run this season. However, when I saw Snigdh Nandipati spell “guetapens,” a French-derived word that means ambush, snare or trap, to win the 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee, I couldn’t control my emotions. It was by far one of the highlights from my time as a sports fan, and I sure as hell hope you all were able to watch it also.
Unfortunately, I lost a little bit of money on the event. I had placed a bet on Nicholas Rushlow of Pickerington, Ohio. Nicholas was making his fifth straight appearance in the contest, and I had landed some inside information that he has studied 53 pages of words a night from last year’s contest until tonight. Unfortunately, he lost on the always tricky “vetiver”, which was good for a fourth place tie. Although he was satisfied with his performance, I am figuring out a way to tell the lady friend that our trip to Europe this summer needs to be put on hold. COME ON RUSHLOW, YOU’RE BETTER THAN THAT!
Anyways, other than my financial loss, the Spelling Bee was a tremendous event and all of the participants should be proud. Nandipati’s prize for winning includes $30,000 in cash, a trophy, a $2,500 savings bond, a $5,000 scholarship, and $2,600 in reference works from the Encyclopedia Britannica and an online language course, but who really cares about those last two? She was the fifth consecutive Indian-American to win this, but the first without a mustache, so kudos to Snigdha. The main thing I took from this is that there are a whole lot of 11 to 14 year olds smarter than anyone I personally know. Can’t wait for next year and everyone please enjoy the videos below from some of my personal favorite spelling bee moments…