Bee finals

Throwing Things is liveblogging the National Spelling Bee, which is down to 13 finalists who’ll spell on primetime TV tonight. The enthusiasm is infectious. I joined the Throwing Things’ pool and both of my spellers, Katharine Close and Caitlin Campbell, made the finals. I chose on the basis of alliteration.

Update: Close won!

Mr. Sun also liveblogged the bee. He was rooting for Saryn Hooks, who survived a judges’ error to make it to the final three, but praised the winner.

Kerry Close of Asbury Park, NJ, hear me now and believe me later: you are the absolute coolest cat on the planet tonight — and an inspiration to everyone who cares about learning:

Remarkably for the bee, Close is neither Indo-American nor homeschooled.

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