Tuesday, May 22, 2012

"PART OF THE BEE IS LUCK, AND LUCK FAVORS A READY MIND":  A week from right now, five-timer Nicholas Rushlow will be among the 278 spellers ranging in age from 6 (?!) to 15 competing in the preliminary written round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Among the other spellers will be Richelle Zampella, an extraordinary Okie from Muskogee who is legally blind; Texas' Ruth Ansawi, who's there to win and not to see the sights; Jennifer Mong, who now holds the title of Canada's Greatest Speller and is one of three Spellers of the North this year; and Arvind Mahankali, the NYC champ who just schooled Anderson Cooper and is back for a possible third straight primetime appearance.

[I also hear Shonda in the background asking about this year's Jamaican entrant: it's Gifton Wright.]


  1. isaac_spaceman10:33 AM

    Commence ceasing to swear! 

  2. Yep.  Our no-gratuitous-swearing-in-posts rule begins now.  

  3. Adam C.1:00 PM

    Oh, for food's sake.

  4. This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps.<span> </span>

  5. janet5:44 PM

    Now that I'm living sans TV, does anyone know where I can watch the Bee online?

  6. Maggie12:20 AM

    I'm so bummed that I will be in London next week for work and will likely on be able to follow through twitter and your posts. (I'm not really that bummed I will be in London...)

  7. KCosmo11:50 AM

    The Cosmos will be cheering on Alexis Tang.