Of the foreigners, only Tom Winter from New Zealand, Sonia Schlesinger of Japan, Laura Newcombe of Canada and Owayne Rodney of Jamaica remain. All four of them were impressive today.
It's going to take me some time to go through and read about all of these kids. Off the bat, I personally like Michaela Minock of Chicago mainly because in her bio, she states that her true passion is dance. Gina Liu from Charleston, Illinois is a violinist and oboist who creates stop-motion animations in her spare time. I love the well-rounded kids. They make me feel better about the time they spend spelling words alone in a room.
Wanna know more but feel too impatient to wait for me to read up? Stop by here and check the spellers out.
Updated: Who are the Top Guns of the Bee? The elite? There are three spellers who were top ranking finalists last year: Tim Ruiter of Reston, Virginia who tied for second place in 2009; Anamika Veeramani of Cleveland, Ohio who tied for 5th and Geneva, NY’s Neetu Chandak who’s been Beeing it since 2007 and last year tied for 8th. Meet the Badasses of the Spelling World.