Sameer Mishra, a 13-year-old boy from West Lafayette, Indiana, won the national spelling bee with “guerdon.”
Sameer was a crowd favorite throughout the tournament. When told one of his words in the semifinals was a dessert, he deadpanned: “That sounds good right now.” He rolled his eyes and muttered “wonderful” when told that one of his words had five different language roots.
He got a big laugh when he heard “numnah” (a sheepskin pad) as “numbnut,” and another when he realized it wasn’t “numbnut,” and said, “That’s a relief.”
Throwing Things blogged the bee, including the final round pitting Mishra against Sidharth Chand, who finished second, and Tia Thomas, who finished third.