Scripps National Spelling Bee 2013

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Sylvia, May 30, 2013.

  1. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to Nationals!

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    It's Bee time! :) Official site: http://www.spellingbee.com/
    Roster: http://public.spellingbee.com/public/spellers/speller_roster

    The Preliminary rounds took place earlier today.
    Semifinals: Thursday, May 30, 2pm – 5pm EDT. Live on ESPN2.
    Championship Finals: Thursday, May 30, 8pm – 10pm EDT. Live on ESPN.

    41 spellers have qualified for the semifinals on Thursday: http://www.spellingbee.com/bee-blog/bee/semifinalists-are

    Some articles:

    TIME: Six Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Scripps National Spelling Bee

    Reuters: U.S. spelling bee starts with a new challenge : definitions
     
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  2. A.H.Black

    A.H.Black Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Sylvia. I almost missed this year.
     
  3. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to Nationals!

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    I wasn't aware the bee started today myself.

    @ScrippsBee tweeted:
    "We now have 42 semifinalists. We've added #speller44 to the 41 previously announced. Details to follow at spellingbee.com"

    Twitter hash tag is #spellingbee
     
  4. A.H.Black

    A.H.Black Well-Known Member

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  5. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to Nationals!

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    A.H.Black Well-Known Member

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    A 42nd speller has been added to the semi-finalist list - http://www.spellingbee.com/bee-blog/bee/additional-speller-brings-semifinal-total-42

    Here's a list of semi-finalists in a better order (according to number and, therefore, to state) - http://public.spellingbee.com/public/results/2013/finishers/html?type=semi

    For those who remember last year - Lori Ann Madison, the 6-year-old, who was the youngest contestant, didn't make it to the bee this year.

    I think it's sort of cool that the committee that selects the words for the Bee is kept secret. No one admits to being on the committee. That would be quite an assignment.
     
  7. quartz

    quartz turn around turn around it's on the other side

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    I loooove the spelling bee! Those kids are all kinds of awesome!
     
  8. A.H.Black

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    Watched round 2 last night. I didn't notice any "favorites" that missed the semi-finals, but I probably missed something. I'm working on round 3 this morning.
     
  9. quartz

    quartz turn around turn around it's on the other side

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    Have my pvr set to record the semi finals, as I am working both jobs today. :)
     
  10. A.H.Black

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    I missed the first 20 minutes. Why? They switched the Bee to ESPNews because of a softball game going over time. I hope I can pick up those first 20 minutes on one of the reruns. Grrr. Good think I have the recording set to go long.
     
  11. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to Nationals!

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  12. A.H.Black

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    All the favorites are there including my favorite Vismaya.
     
  13. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to Nationals!

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    http://www.spellingbee.com/bee-blog/bee/we-have-winner

    Arvind won in his last year of eligibility - his profile: http://public.spellingbee.com/public/spellers/2013/163

    Placements of the 11 finalists: http://public.spellingbee.com/public/results/2013/finishers/html

    ETA Washington Post article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local...454f20-c974-11e2-9245-773c0123c027_story.html
     
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  14. A.H.Black

    A.H.Black Well-Known Member

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    Good results this year. Congratulations to Arvind.
     
  15. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

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    I really got into this! The final two girls were my favorites. The 5th place girl was who I was most rooting for. She seemed very normal, most of these kids are much more socially awkward. The 4th place girl was hilarious.

    It was very fitting for Arvind to win on a German word! Watching him just stand there while the confetti fell was just uncomfortable. It was almost as if he was waiting for another word. Lol
     
  16. A.H.Black

    A.H.Black Well-Known Member

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    That was Vismaya. I was rooting for her too.
     
  17. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Épaulement!!!

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    I didn't watch but actually know quite a few words this year, including the winning Yiddish word. Congratulations!!
     
  18. mkats

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    A couple of classmates and I were watching it in the hospital lobby yesterday while waiting for our attending to show up. It was funny because the sound was off so at first they would show just the definition and etymology on the screen, and we were stuck desperately trying to guess the word :lol:

    We didn't get any of them right :shuffle:
     
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  19. paskatefan

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    We missed the coverage of the Bee this year :(, but it cracked us up that the final word was "knaidel" (matzah ball). Congrats to Arvind! :encore:
     
  20. Buzz

    Buzz Well-Known Member

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    These kids are amazing and I heard Arvind wants to be a physicist. So congrats to him and best of luck to them all.