Admittedly, it was tough to choose which exciting sporting competition to watch on TV last night.
There was the nail-biting action of the New York Rangers hockey game as they beat the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 to make the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in twenty years!
And on a channel nearby, on ESPN, was the no less nerve-wracking and awesome national finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Watching these young kids correctly spell word after impossible sounding word under the glare of lights, in front of an audience, on live TV … was nothing short of amazing!
Could you spell osteochondrus? Ecribellate? Or how about feijoada? We can’t even say it!
And as with the Rangers who did something they haven’t done in a very long time — so went the Spelling Bee, where there were TWO champions crowned for the first time in over 50 years!
Sriram Hathwar, and 8th grader from New York, and Ansun Sujoe, a 7th grader from Texas, battled the dictionary and not each other as they spelled their way through a special list of 25 championship round words.
Sriram’s championship word was “stichomythia,” which means “dialogue especially of altercation or dispute delivered in alternating lines (as in classical Greek drama).”
Ansun’s was “feuilleton,” which is “a part of a European newspaper or magazine devoted to material designed to entertain the general reader, or a feature section.”
And the drama was high because each of them had spelled a word incorrectly. But because they did so in the same round, neither eliminated the other (each said they knew the other’s word)! After the list was exhausted with no more mistakes, both were declared winners.
They each receive $30,000 in prize money in addition to the honor of being named champion.
11 million kids started out at local spelling bees around the country ending with last night’s championship.
To learn how you can participate next year, click here.
There’s a full video re-cap here at ESPN’s website .
This is quick story about what’s next for the boys from Scripps National Spelling Bee.