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06-01-2006, 08:03 PM
[note] this thread was merged.

Okay, I know this might be very boring for some, but it's about time a network put an intelligent show and celebrated people who are smart. ABC is currently broadcasting the National Spelling Bee Championships during primetime.

[edit] Well I know who I will be rooting for - Katherine Close from Spring Lake NJ :) She's one of the favored to win also. They do a nice biography on the cantestants and it's very good advertising for the Jersey Shore and New Jersey. :) Yes, I have admitted before - I have a one track mind.

06-01-2006, 09:58 PM
Well it's between Katrhine Close from Spring Lake and a Canadian.

Come on Katherine!!! Make NJ proud. :)

06-01-2006, 10:10 PM
Okay - the person from Canada missed the word, now katherine has to spell two words correctly in order to win.

And she got Kundalini right. :) now what will the final word be - ursprasche was the final word and she WON!!! :D Katrine Close from Spring Lake NJ won the 2006 Scripps National Spelling Bee Championship! Congratulations. I know I never could have done it. :)

06-01-2006, 10:28 PM
As reported on CNN.com

'Weltschmerz' topples Canadian spelling champ
Word means sadness over evils in the world
Thursday, June 1, 2006; Posted: 10:19 p.m. EDT (02:19 GMT)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A 13-year-old New Jersey girl making her fifth straight appearance at the Scripps National Spelling Bee rattled off "ursprache" to claim the title of America's best speller on prime-time television Thursday night.

Katharine Klose, an eighth-grader at the H.W. Mountz School in Spring Lake, New Jersey, is the first girl since 1999 to win the national spelling title. She stepped back from the microphone and put her hands to her mouth upon being declared the winner.

The national spelling bee with showbiz buzz was a prime-time drama Thursday night as 13 hot spellers pursued the title, all but one of them veterans of previous finals.

Among the hopefuls was a home-schooled student, a Canadian, a New Jersey girl in her fifth bee appearance, and a student said to be teaching himself college-level physiology, microbiology and neuroscience.

Kavya Shivashankar, 10, a fifth-grader at Regency Place Elementary School in Olathe, Kansas, was the youngest competitor heading into the championship rounds and the only one not previously a national finalist.

But asked to spell "gematrial," Kavya produced "gematriol" and was disqualified.

Allion Salvador, 11, who wants to be a neurosurgeon, also bowed out, spelling "Naoruse" instead of the correct "Nauruz." Allion is in the seventh-grade at the Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

A moment of high drama came when judges invited 14-year-old Saryn Hooks to return to the competition.

The eighth-grader at West Alexander Middle School in Taylorsville, North Carolina, had been disqualified for spelling "hechsher" instead of "hechscher." The audience clapped, thinking she had it right, but the judges took 15 seconds to sound the bell that signifies a misspelled word. (Read how people are gambling on the bee)

The judges corrected themselves after a commercial break. "We made a mistake. You spelled the word correctly. Would you please take your seat," said head judge Mary Brooks, to loud applause and cheers from the audience. Saryn wiped tears from her eyes and took her seat among the remaining spellers.

Driven by the popularity of recent movies, books and a Broadway musical on the seemingly improbable theme of spelling hard words, the bee featured prime-time television coverage for the first time in its 79-year history. ABC broadcast the final from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET.

Spellers took to the stage minutes before the broadcast, huddling and chanting "1-2-3, Spell" before taking their seats. Their parents sat on stage, too, across the aisle.

The broadcast had the flavor and style of a sports program, opening with a montage of the competitors and including a short profile of the first speller before he got his word. Each word or grimace spellers at the microphone triggered a blast of camera shutters, and the live TV camera followed a loser into the arms of a comforting parent.

Even gamblers got into the act, putting money down on questions including whether the final word would have an "e" in it and whether the winner would wear glasses. Simon Noble, CEO of PinnacleSports.com, said his offshore Internet sports betting company had received about $70,000 in wagers on seven propositions about the bee as of noon Thursday.

The pace of competition, held in the basement ballroom of a Washington hotel, was slowed by the need to accommodate commercial breaks in the TV coverage provided by ABC, as well as earlier by ESPN.

"We're out for another two-minute commercial break," or "We're out for about a minute and a half," bee director Paige Kimble announced frequently, connected by headset to the network directors. The audience chuckled, competition paused and the spellers and others in the room used the opportunity to stretch their legs.

The competition began with 274 fourth- through eighth-graders.

The spellers sat below hot lights on the red-and-blue, made-for-TV stage. On Thursday, all wore matching white, short-sleeve polo shirts with the bee logo on the left chest.

Spellers made it to the finals by winning contests in the 50 states, as well as in American Samoa, the Bahamas, Canada, Europe, Guam, Jamaica, New Zealand, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

About one-fourth, or 66, were making repeat appearances, including two eighth-graders competing for the fifth and final time. Only one, Close, the victor, made it to the finals.

ESPN has broadcast the second day of the bee since 1994. This year, in a nod to the popularity of "reality TV," the championship rounds were moved to ABC for a live, prime-time event before a larger viewing audience. The Walt Disney Co. owns both networks.

The winner goes home with more than $42,000 in cash and prizes.

All the attention follows a series of bee-centered developments in the popular culture.

"Akeelah and the Bee," a movie about a Los Angeles girl who overcomes adversity to win the national spelling bee, opened nationwide in late April.

That followed last year's "Bee Season," about a man focused on his daughter's quest to become a spelling bee champ. It was based on the best-selling novel by Myla Goldberg.

Also last year, the Broadway musical, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," won two Tony awards. And the 2002 documentary "Spellbound" followed eight teenagers during their quest to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee.

The Louisville Courier-Journal started the bee in 1925. The E.W. Scripps Co., a media conglomerate, assumed sponsorship in 1941.

06-01-2006, 10:34 PM
BTW - CNN is spelling katherine's last name with a "k" while ABC spelkt it on-air and in their article with a "c". I have chosen to use C, since ABC was the original broadcaster and I assume they would have made sure they got her name correct. Of course then again, ABC online also says that she's from Asbury park, when she's actually from Spring Lake. :rolls: It seriously seems like people have a geography problem when it comes to NJ and doesn't think that locations in NJ really matter.

This is the caption under her pic -

Katharine Close of Asbury Park, N.J., spells her word while participating in the national Spelling Bee in Washington, Thursday, June 1, 2006.
While this is the article. One says Asbury Park, the other Spring Lake.

13-Year-Old N.J. Girl Wins Spelling Bee
N.J. Teen Making Her Fifth Straight Appearance at Scripps National Spelling Bee Wins Event


WASHINGTON Jun 1, 2006 (AP) A 13-year-old New Jersey girl making her fifth straight appearance at the Scripps National Spelling Bee rattled off "ursprache" to claim the title of America's best speller on prime-time television Thursday night.

Katherine Close, an eighth-grader at the H.W. Mountz School in Spring Lake, N.J., is the first girl since 1999 to win the national spelling title. She stepped back from the microphone and put her hands to her mouth upon being declared the winner.

"I'm just in shock," Katherine said. Asked what she'll remember most, she said: "Probably just hearing 'ursprache,' which is a parent language." She recognized the word as soon as she heard it.

Runner-up was Finola Mei Hwa Hackett, a 14-year-old Canadian, a confident speller during two days of competition who stumbled on "weltschmerz."

Third-place went to Saryn Hooks, a 14-year-old from West Alexander Middle School in Taylorsville, N.C., who was disqualified earlier in the evening, then returned to competition after the judges corrected their mistake. Saryn fumbled on "icteritious," which means of a jaundiced color.

06-02-2006, 06:40 PM
Lets here it for 13-year-old Katharine Close of Spring Lake the national Spelling Bee Champ. Another reason to be proud of New Jersey!!!!!!!!!!!!!

06-02-2006, 07:06 PM
Dave - I have this posted in the TV & Movies section. :) At that time I didn't know a New Jerseyan would win. I will merge this will that thread and then move it to this forum I suppose. :)