SPELLING AND…FASHION?

Who knew that people actually paid attention to the fashion sense that spellers were displaying during the Scripps finals this year? Because that’s really important to these kids during the finals: fashion. I saw this article (in Entertainment Weekly, no less), and was somewhat amused. I’m glad they started off the tongue-in-cheek analysis with a disclaimer that “no one is a fashion fail on this list.” Yet they still deride the presence of cargo shorts and a hidden LeBron James basketball jersey. Meanwhile, I roll my eyes and smirk. But…

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2015 NATIONAL SPELLING BEE, DAY 3

During an ideal spelling bee, the absolute best speller is determined, and wins; luck comes into play as minimally as possible. This year, like last year, a single best speller could not be determined, but the best two spellers undoubtedly could. Vanya Shivashankar and Gokul Venkatachalam, both seen as favorites this year, quickly rose to the top during the finals, and stayed there for the last ten rounds of the bee, answering each other with correct spellings fired like arrows that always hit the bullseye. Bouquetiere? No problem.Cypseline? Done. Urgrund?…

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