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Do you even know what "laodicean" means?

May 29, 2009

WASHINGTON – Cool and collected, Kavya Shivashankar wrote out every word on her palm and always ended with a smile. The 13-year-old Kansas girl saved the biggest smile for last, when she rattled off the letters to “Laodicean” to become the nation’s spelling champion.

The budding neurosurgeon from Olathe, Kan., outlasted 11 finalists Thursday night to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee, taking home more than $40,000 in cash and prizes and, of course, the huge champion’s trophy.

Good for her. I’m going to admit, I watched this whole thing in it’s entirety. It was pretty entertaining. I was hoping for Kennyi to win (not a typo) and when he lost he was pretty damn mature about it. After he heard the bell he didn’t cry, he didn’t pout, all he did was say “oh well, I tried my best.” And he didn’t say it very loudly as if to get pity from the crowd. He said it as if only to himself to congratulate himself on his accomplishment, not expecting applause from anyone else (Sign that kid up for the GERMAN Club).

Now, I have to admit, there was one travesty other than Kennyi not winning. Erin Andrews was on the “sideline” as usual, and they only went to her once! One time! And she looked hot too. It was a huge disappointment when they ended the show and I slowly came to the realization that they were not going to go to her again. It was a sad moment.

But anyways, Kavya, if you’re reading this, congratulations, you deserved it. You kicked that spelling bee’s ass.

Oh, and by the way, “laodicean” means lukewarm or indifferent in religion or politics. I knew that. I just couldn’t get it off the tip of my tongue.