O campeonato americano de soletração terminou com a vitória de uma descendente de índios americanos. Já é a quarta vitória consecutiva de uma Indian-American e a 9º em 13 anos !!!
A meninas lideram.
Veja as plavras , até Capoeira entrou ! rsrs ("abhinaya" to "capoeira" to "cheongsam" to "opodeldoc").
Os canadenses foram bem classificados. Também a maioria das palavras que pesquisei tinha origem francesa !
Finally, after 21 consecutive spellings without a miss, one of them finally flubbed a word. Eventually, the others were gone — having heard the telltale bell of elimination — except for 14-year-old eighth grader Sukanya Roy of South Abington Township, Pa., who took home the trophy and the more than $40,000 in cash and prizes Thursday at the 84th Scripps National Spelling Bee.
She is the fourth consecutive Indian-American to win the bee and the ninth in the last 13 years, a run that began when Nupur Lala captured the crown in 1999 and was later featured in the documentary "Spellbound."
Only one speller misfired in his first attempt in the finals: Samuel Estep of Berryville, Va., who couldn't handle "bondieuserie" and made the slow walk across the stage to receive a hug from his father.
The rounds kept getting tougher. Sriram Hathwar of Painted Post, N.Y., warmed everyone's hearts by greeting the audience with a "good evening" every time he stepped to the microphone, but he was ousted by the word "polatouche." Another Canadian, Veronica Penny, couldn't handle "rougeot" and made a ballerina-type wave as she walked away.
But then it came down to a final five that wouldn't give up. Sukanya, Laura, Dakota Jones of Las Vegas, Arvind Mahankali of New York and Joanna Ye of Carlisle, Pa., combined to spell everything — from "abhinaya" to "capoeira" to "cheongsam" to "opodeldoc" — through Rounds 11, 12, 13, 14 and into 15.
Laura Newcombe of Toronto was the runner-up. The 12-year-old was trying to become the first Canadian to win the bee, but she went out on the word "sorites," her look of concentration turning suddenly to a sad one when she realized she'd misspelled it. Canadians have been a strong presence at the competition for many years and have had several close calls, with Nate Gartke of Alberta also finishing second in 2007.
"I was proud, happy and felt this was a privilege" to represent Canada, she said.