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A.H.Black
05-29-2012, 11:43 PM
This year's contestants include a 6-year-old (http://public.spellingbee.com/public/spellers/2012/269)!!

The Preliminaries are tomorrow on ESPN3. Semi-finals are Thursday morning on ESPN2. Finals are Thursday evening on ESPN.

Main site is here (http://www.spellingbee.com/).
Roster is here (http://public.spellingbee.com/public/spellers/speller_roster).
Photo Gallery is here (http://www.spellingbee.com/gallery/2012).

A.H.Black
05-30-2012, 03:56 PM
The preliminaries are on live now - here. (http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_/source/espn3/#type/livenow/)

Changes so far - The dreaded bell is gone! Now they are just saying the speller was incorrect. It appears the spellers are not automatically out if they mis-spell a word in the preliminaries. There is some kind of point system this year. Also, when the speller asks if they are saying the word correctly, Dr. Bailey can only tell them the he (and the officials) can't hear anything wrong. They no longer tell the speller it sounds right.

The Canadian spellers have changed. The girl from last year, who looked angry or like she was going to cry all the time, is not there. I thought she had one more year. Anyone know what happened?

manleywoman
05-30-2012, 04:38 PM
They are prolific on twitter right now at @ScrippsBee

Here is a picture of this year's tshirt (http://www.flickr.com/photos/scrippsbee/7294252490/). :)

Alex Forrest
05-30-2012, 08:36 PM
A six year old? That's what, 2nd grade/3rd grade? I suppose I support her wanting to flex her brains if she can, but the world is so full of stage-moms and dads, whether it is sports, entertainment, and well, academics. Let this child have a childhood, before she's forced into a childhood of year long prep every year for Scripps. And failure, since the odds of a child winning Scripps is like winning the lottery.

I was precocious, I made my state spelling bee when I was 12, and my parents didn't really know I entered or was working hard for it. They thought it was just part of the G/T curriculum and they weren't even there at state. And I was happy, because had they known I had a talent in this regard, they would have gone all stage-parent and demanded I do better. I just have a bad feeling about this. She has seven more years of eligibility and my heart goes out to her. What starts as a lark and a talent turns into a job and slavery practically. Eh, what do I know. Good luck to her. And the others that we have also seen since they were preteen. I know them by name.

NancyNC
05-30-2012, 09:08 PM
Don't jump to conclusions about the 6-year old and her parents. This article (http://news.yahoo.com/girl-6-youngest-ever-national-spelling-bee-152759597.html) is good and it seems like they are doing the best they can to ensure she does have as normal a life as is possible for someone so gifted.

maatTheViking
05-30-2012, 09:31 PM
the girl seems like she is a highly gifted child - so much she was turned away from gifted programs.
I believe there is a lot of research surfacing about gifted children and how beneficial it is for them to be challenged - even if their level of challenges are beyond mire typical children.

A.H.Black
05-30-2012, 10:19 PM
Had no idea that one of these / is called a virgule. All 3 spellers from my state got both of their 2nd and 3rd round words correct. I hope they are all go on to tomorrow.

Lori Ann seems to having a good time and is doing fine. Spelled dirigible correctly.

mkats
05-31-2012, 01:25 AM
Lori Ann seems to having a good time and is doing fine. Spelled dirigible correctly.

KEEP OFF THE DIRIGIBLE PLUMS!

overedge
05-31-2012, 05:25 AM
Don't jump to conclusions about the 6-year old and her parents. This article (http://news.yahoo.com/girl-6-youngest-ever-national-spelling-bee-152759597.html) is good and it seems like they are doing the best they can to ensure she does have as normal a life as is possible for someone so gifted.

Sure, but I'd like to know how she has time to "spend with her friends" (according to her official bio) when she is competing in spelling bees, mythology and eytmology exams, science fairs, Lego competitions, "math kangaroo", and swimming, *and* taking karate, dance and tennis classes. No matter how gifted she is, that seems like *way* too much for a six-year-old.

Marge_Simpson
05-31-2012, 05:30 AM
KEEP OFF THE DIRIGIBLE PLUMS!


PICK YOUR OWN MISTLETOE

Sorry, I couldn't resist. :lol:

mkats
05-31-2012, 05:45 AM
That's the only time I've heard the word dirigible. :shuffle:

And I don't have a clue what it means :slinkaway:

A.H.Black
05-31-2012, 06:01 AM
That's the only time I've heard the word dirigible. :shuffle:

And I don't have a clue what it means :slinkaway:

A dirigible is one of those great big airship type balloons. The Hindenburg could have been called a dirigible.

Marge_Simpson
05-31-2012, 06:06 AM
You obviously haven't read "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" :lol:

hirshey girl
05-31-2012, 12:34 PM
Sure, but I'd like to know how she has time to "spend with her friends" (according to her official bio) when she is competing in spelling bees, mythology and eytmology exams, science fairs, Lego competitions, "math kangaroo", and swimming, *and* taking karate, dance and tennis classes. No matter how gifted she is, that seems like *way* too much for a six-year-old.

IIRC, she is homeschooled with a group of other gifted children which would give her time with friends. I guess the homeschooling could allow for more flexibility in scheduling as well. I also suspect she is not doing all those things at the same time. :)

NancyNC
05-31-2012, 03:32 PM
And perhaps her friends also swim, dance, do karate, play tennis, take exams, are in the same homeschool group as her, etc. etc. The days of solitary homeschooling have gone away in many areas. I have close friends who homeschool and those kids are always doing something with groups of their friends - sometimes outside of school, sometimes as a part of it.