Saturday, May 28, 2005

A-N-T-I-C-I-P-A-T-I-O-N: As we draw closer to the start of this year's National Spelling Bee on June 1-2 (and, of course, the liveblogging which will accompany it), there's a deluge of competitor profiles in the local papers.

So meet Nektarios Vasilottos, who hopes his fluency in Greek will catapult him in his third DC trip; Larisa Pachuta, a sixth-grader who really just wants some of that Air & Space Museum freeze-dried ice cream; and Morgan Gilliam, the Bee's youngest entrant at age nine. Says Morgan, "My main goal is just not to miss the first word they give me."

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