The 80th Scripps National Spelling Bee concluded Thursday with the champion crowned on national television in prime time for the second consecutive year. Out of a record field of 286 spellers, 15 survived to compete in the finals.
Thirteen-year-old Evan O'Dorney of Danville, Calif., has won the Scripps National Spelling Bee, winning $35,000 cash prize, plus a $5,000 scholarship, a $2,500 savings bond and a complete set of reference works. Evan always eats fish before his spelling bees. The brain food apparently has served him well: He's the 2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion.
The 13-year-old aced "serrefine" a noun describing small forceps winning a tense duel with Nate Gartke of Spruce Grove, Alberta, who was trying to become the first Canadian to win the bee, in its 80th year. Evan and Nate went head-to-head for three rounds, matching each other correct spellings until Nate flubbed the medical word ``coryza'' by adding the letter ``h.''
The day began with 59 spellers remaining from the record 286 who started the competition Wednesday.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.