I couldn’t let the day go by without congratulating the winner of the Scripps Spelling Bee, Arvind Mahankali.
We stayed up late last night (til 10:30!) just to see him win.
Our local girl, Amber Born of Marblehead, came in 4th which is no small feat. She can be very proud of herself.
The words were incredible. For a little while near the end, they were dropping out like flies misspelling their words, but, for the most part, they spelled words I never knew existed in the English language.
I just don’t get why almost all the words they give are foreign-sounding words. I’ve read they are all officially English words now, somehow, but c’mon folks. Basically, you need a brain the size of Rhode Island to be able to keep all that information inside your head! I don’t know how they do it. They must have been queued up in a different section than I was when they were handing out the brains. Mine feels pathetically small when compared to these youngsters. They are amazing.
So congratuations Arvind, and may you have a long and successful life ahead of you.