Evan O’Dorney, a home-schooled California boy, won the National Spelling Bee with “serrefine.” Evan is a music-math prodigy who’s not that excited about spelling. Too much memorization.
Evan studies spelling for about an hour a day, the San Franciso Chronicle reports.
His mom, Jennifer O’Dorney, quizzes him daily on words out of Merriam-Webster’s dictionary as he juggles as many as four balls while walking around his home.
He said he sees mathematical patterns while he’s juggling and spelling words aloud.
In the final rounds, he spelled “rascacio” (scorpion fish), “schuhplattler” (a Bavarian courtship dance), “laquear” (recessed panels in a vaulted ceiling), “pappardelle” (pasta), “yosenabe” (a Japanese soup) before winning on “serrefine,” (small forceps for clamping a blood vessel).
Go to Throwing Things for a run-down on the final rounds and a plea for less cutesiness in the TV coverage.