May 31st, 2008
Sameer Mishra may have won the 2008 Scripps National Spelling Bee, but he may be remembered even longer for his reaction to the judge’s pronunciation of a silly-sounding word.
Sameer was my second choice to win the competition: first was, of course, the competitor from Little Rock, Samia Nawaz. She’s even from the school where I attended preschool! Samia ended up tying for 4th place.
As much as I enjoy watching the competition, I have mixed feelings about reporters interviewing the spellers in between rounds. How can it not throw off their game? Also, when did they stop having to wear those identical polo shirts? And since when did PROPER NOUNS become acceptable for use in the competition? What’s the world coming to these days?
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