Spelling bee: Angst and cool The Scripps National Spelling Bee is a study in contrasts. There are adolescents consumed by angst – nervous breathing, eyes darting, minds that appear to teeter on breakdown as a monotone expert enunciates the challenge. And then there are the cool customers, offering easy laughter, a flip joke and even a smile as they await the judgment of the all-important bell. If it rings, their day is over ... National Spelling Bee finals begin The most experienced speller remaining in the National Spelling Bee breezed through most of two semifinal rounds with his usual confidence. But with one word separating him from his first time in the finals, he was flustered. National Spelling Bee down to 9 finalists The most experienced speller remaining in the National Spelling Bee breezed through most of two semifinal rounds with his usual confidence. But with one word separating him from his first time in the finals, he was flustered. Spelling Bee agony, ecstasy In 2001, I walked into the editorial pit of the men's magazine where I was working as an art director and saw the almost all-dude staff glued to ESPN coverage. As I glimpsed the TV screen, a shock of panic and nausea wracked my body, and I bolted from the room. A friend followed to find me huddled in a ball at my desk. Spelling Bee heads toward climax without Minnesotans Fifty semifinalists have taken the stage at the National Spelling Bee. The competitors include the sister of the 2009 winner and two five-time participants. But the youngest competitor, a 6-year-old from Virginia, and two Minnesotans, won't be on the stage. Spelling bee: Intensity makes it the experience of a lifetime (+quiz) The buzz of excitement around the National Spelling Bee also captures contestants from past years, who recall the discipline of preparing and the intensity of competition as life lessons. Nine contestants to vie for National Spelling Bee championship WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nine contestants for the Scripps National Spelling Bee survived preliminary rounds to make the final on Thursday, including a New York City 12-year-old who tied for third last year. The day started with fifty young spellers, aged 10 to 14, and was winnowed down to nine after contestants were tripped up by words such as "tendenz," a literary term and "polynee," a type of ... Sugar Land teen in Spelling Bee semis Sugar Land teen in Spelling Bee semis Houston Chronicle Copyright 2012 Houston Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 11:07 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, 2012 Sivateja Tangirala, a 13-year-old eighth-grader at Fort Settlement Middle School in Sugar Land, survived the preliminaries at the 85th annual Scripps National ... 50 Advance to Semifinals of National Spelling Bee Sister of 2009 winner heads semifinalists at National Spelling Bee; 6-year-old doesn't advance Spelling bee: Intensity makes it the experience of a lifetime The buzz of excitement around the National Spelling Bee also captures contestants from past years, who recall the discipline of preparing and the intensity of competition as life lessons.
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