It would eventually be a tie, but Tajaun Gibbison did us proud a the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Be this Year In Washington DC, as he was the 10th to last speller to gracefully bow out…
The future is definitely bright for this young 13 year old.
For the first time in 52 years, two spellers would eventually be declared co-champions. Sriram Hathwar of Painted Post, New York, and Ansun Sujoe of Fort Worth, Texas, shared the title after a riveting final-round duel Thursday night in which they nearly exhausted the 25 designated championship words.
After they spelled a dozen words correctly in a row, they both were named champions.
Just 12 spellers took to the stage in the finals after a morning carnage that reduced the field from 46 to the eventual 12 spellers.
In the morning round, Judges factored in points from an earlier computerized round of spelling .
…Jamaica’s Tajaun Gibbison was still in the mix…
Being able to spell a word correctly was just not enough this time around. These kids had to prove that they could go above and beyond…to successfully to take home the prize.
The morning online test took no prisoners. It was as cruel as it gets. Speller did not only have to spell the words, but they also had to know the vocabulary and meanings of the words.
The students admitted that it was very difficult, but one kid manage to get a perfect score. It did not matter if the word was spelled correctly, if the definition did not match up, the chances are you would not make the final. Seventh grader Vanya Shivashanka who was considered by many as the favorite to win competition, became one of its victim.
As the final rolled on, Tajaun held his own, but would bow out gracefully in the of the final
Congratulations to this young lad and his coach…He did us proud.