This just in…National Spelling Bee Favorite Samir Patel was knocked out in the 5th round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee this afternoon.
Samir tripped up on the word “Clevis”, which is some sort of type setting device. He spelled the word - “C-L-E-V-I-C-E”.
Samir, for those who don’t follow the “spelling bee circuit” was in his 5th national competition and was the favorite coming in. However the 13 year old will now go home empty handed for the 5th year in a row.
Perhaps he should change his name to “Samir Nagonnaspellhereanymore”. Ouch. The rest of the bee will continue this afternoon with the finals aired lived on ABC this evening. I’m predicting Akeelah to win tonight.
Akeelah’s sass and cold, calculating demeanor should land her the Spelling Bee title this evening
Thursday, May 31, 2007