Last night, 14-year-old Karthik Nemmani of McKinney, Texas, rocking rectangular glasses and a smooth bowl cut, won the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee after correctly spelling the word “koinonia,” meaning “communion.” The runner-up, Naysa Modi, was felled by the arguably much more difficult word “bewusstseinslage,”…
How is it that even during this truncated week, it still feels like the longest week ever? Oh yeah, because the leader of our country is torturing us and everyone is losing their goddamn mind.
Ananya Vinay, a 12-year-old sixth grader from Fresno, California, swept the 90th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night after a tense final 25 rounds. She won on the word “marocain”; when asked post-win if she found her opponent a tough competitor, this shady genius said, “It was interesting to go back…
Edith Fuller is a six year old girl from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who qualified for the Scripps National Spelling Bee at the tender age of five. What, precisely, were you doing at age five? Think about it for a sec. Probably not this.
When I tell people I was in the National Spelling Bee, it’s always with a weird self-deprecating “I’m such a nerd” kind of tone, but the truth is—it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee Facebook page blows up Justin Timberlake's spot as a 14-year-old speller in a Memphis competition. He lost on "wharf." It's all been downhill from there.
In the clip at left, Good Morning America anchor Chris Cuomo interviews National Spelling Bee winner Kavya Shivashankar, who explains how she prepared for the bee. Cuomo asks Kavya's little sister about following in her footsteps, but she doesn't appreciate his early-morning perkiness after such a late night.
The lovely young woman at left is Kavya Shivashankar, who you may remember from this post. Anyway, Kavya - and a group of other smart, spirited young Americans - just finished up the Scripps National Spelling Bee preliminaries...and we've got a cute clip. (Added bonus: Kavya's sister makes an appearance.)
From the preliminaries of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. earlier today: Oh noes!! 11! Spellin, Ur Doin It Rong!!1!
"There couldn't be a spelling bee in German, or Japanese, or French, or any other language. English is a voracious melting pot of a language." — Jacques Bailly, 1980 Scripps National Spelling Bee winner and currently the official pronouncer. The Bee begins today; finals will be televised Thursday. [Time, …