"I don't think it's fair that so many got out and some just whooshed along," said 13-year old Elizabeth Platz, as audience members clapped and Kimble attempted a frozen smile. "I'd rather have five finalists than five who didn't deserve it. I think it was unfair."
Friday, June 4, 2010
BOTTLE UP AND EXPLODE! Per our friend Dan Steinberg, it's pandemonium at the Bee over the bifurcated Round 6 and the is-it-or-isn't-it finals. Marsha's explanation about what's happening appears to be correct, but that doesn't mean that everybody likes it. Tokyo's Sonia Schlesinger is "thunder[ing]" and taking names. She and Anvita Mishra argue that the Bee is favoring ESPN over its real constituencies (the spellers and, more generally, education), and it's hard to disagree. Meanwhile, for the perspective of someone who would be onstage whether or not they finished Round 6, tell it, Elizabethplatz:
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