Friday, May 29, 2009

Kavya Shivashankar Is Your 2009 National Spelling Bee Champion

Maybe it's my past of mild success in my middle school's spelling bee in, but there is something about the spelling bee that is so compelling and so dramatic and so fun to watch and this year was no different. The winner this year was Kavya Shivashankar, a 13-year old girl from Kansas who, I must admit, I tagged from the beginning to win this thing. Not only that, but with every word, her family in the background was hilarious to watch. And I think it's safe to say that during this moment, Kavya was indeed Laodicean....

Congrats to Kavya as it is quite apparent that she worked and studied hard to win, especially seeing as this was her 4th consecutive year in the National Bee, with her previous best finish being tying for 4th last year. The prize she won other than that trophy is over $40,000 in cash and prizes. If you did not see it last night, try to catch an ESPN re-air as they do do that over the next couple of days at various times. It's fun to watch and there is something about the competition that is so pure and so refreshing that once you start watching, you can't turn away from it.

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