Pick a w-i-n-n-e-r

Back your favorite speller on Throwing Things, which is liveblogging the National Spelling Bee. Favorites are Katharine Close of New Jersey and Texan Samir Patel. I predict an Indo-American will win.

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  1. As much as I think it’s great that once a year, the nation pays attention to an academic competition, it would be better served if it looked at something which covered a broader range of knowledge, like quiz bowl. There are 96 teams from all parts of the U.S. descending on Chicago this weekend for the National Academic Quiz Tournaments High School National Championship Tournament, but because it’s not on ESPN or sponsored by a network of newspapers across the country, people wouldn’t really know it. The kids who play quiz bowl have an amazing depth and breadth of knowledge that many of America’s adults would be stunned by, and yet they don’t get the attention for some reason. Alas, and alack.

  2. Pleasanton’s Aliya Deri has taken third, I hear (got a call from my wife, who was watching the action on ESPN2). She said this was the first time ever that three kids have gone this far.