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    "Good News" kids thread...Spelling bee pares down to 51 contestants

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    51 of 273 Still Hanging on at Spelling Bee

    By PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press Writer
    Thu Jun 2, 7:18 AM ET

    WASHINGTON - A spelling whiz from Canada and one from Jamaica advanced to the final rounds of the annual U.S. spelling bee, the only remaining foreign students.

    Also among the 51 contestants still standing for Thursday's competition, more than half have competed in the contest before, and a half dozen are home-schooled in the United States.

    "I'll just do the best I can," Louisville, Ky., seventh-grader John L.T. Tamplin said Wednesday night after making it through the fourth round spelling "Flamborough." It's an old English sword dance.

    Seventh-grader Nidharshan S. Anandasivam wasn't leaving anything to chance.

    "I will rest and then review some words," the Brownsville, Texas, boy said as he left the competition Wednesday evening.

    Nidharsham was propelled to the next round when he correctly spelled "rodomont," a vain boaster. He said he remembered it from among the 40,000 to 50,000 words he has studied.

    The 78th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee started Wednesday with 273 competitors ages 9 to 14.

    Most were from the United States and its territories, but 14 were foreign students. There were 11 from Canada and one each from the Bahamas, Jamaica and New Zealand.

    Finola Hackett of Tofield , Alberta, mastered "cassowary," large birds related to the emu, and outlasted the 10 other Canadians who competed this year.

    Jamaican eighth-grader Stacey-Ann Pearson, who goes to school in St. Andrew, advanced by spelling "lapideous," having the nature of stone.

    It was in that round that Dominic Ranz Errazo got a word he could relate to, "emetic," which means inducing one to vomit.

    "It sounds like the nervousness I get up here," said the seventh-grader from Goose Creek, S.C. He spelled it correctly.

    Each speller wins at least $50. The first-place winner gets $28,000 in cash, scholarships and bonds, plus books from Encyclopedia Britannica. That's about $10,000 more than in previous years.

    The contest is administered by E.W. Scripps Co. The youngsters all won local contests sponsored by newspapers.

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    Re: "Good News" kids thread...Spelling bee pares down to 51 contestants

    Thit is relly kool! Thinks fer sharoning, TD!
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    Re: "Good News" kids thread...Spelling bee pares down to 51 contestants

    ESPN.com Page 2 did a "roto-spelling bee draft" ...

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2...shanoff/050601
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    Re: "Good News" kids thread...Spelling bee pares down to 51 contestants

    I watched PTI last night and one of the over/under was "Kids with a mustache at the spelling bee".

    One kid had a 'stache that rivaled Rollie Fingers.

    The over/under was 2.

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    I'm working on paperwork today and have it on in the background. Man, these kids are smart.
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    By PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press Writer 12 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON - "Appoggiatura" was music to 13-year-old Anurag Kashyap's ears. Correctly spelling the word that means melodic tone, he clinched the 2005 national spelling bee championship.

    An eighth-grader in Poway, Calif., Anurag ran into his father's arms and burst into tears. He said he felt "just pure happiness."

    Beating out 272 other competitors, Anurag won Thursday in the 19th round of the 78th annual National Scripps Spelling Bee. His prize: $30,000 in cash, scholarships and books.

    During the day, Anurag whizzed through relatively common words such as "prosciutto," an Italian dry-cured ham, and difficult ones such as "sphygmomanometer," an instrument for measuring blood pressure.

    He sometimes spelled so fast that only the judges appeared to be able to follow him.

    Anurag, a straight-A student at Meadowbrook Middle School his favorite subject is science tied for 47th in last year's spelling bee. That experience "helped me to know what I should study to ... like, win this thing," he said, repeatedly hiding his face behind his cardboard number.

    Tied for second place were 11-year-old Samir Patel, who is home-schooled in Colleyville, Texas, and Aliya Deri, 13, of Pleasanton, Calif.

    They each get $4,000.

    "I'm disappointed," Samir said afterward, adding that he will try again next year.

    Aliya, who will begin high school next year and be ineligible for the 2006 contest, said she was happy with how well she did. Aliya plays the violin, viola and piano and swims competitively.

    She said after the contest that French is one of her favorite subjects.

    "Though you wouldn't know it by the way I spelled the last word," she said. She was eliminated when she missed "trouvaille," a lucky find.

    Samir, a perky, expressive boy, delighted the audience with several of his questions and comments in the later rounds.

    Twice on hearing the word he had to spell was familiar to him he said, "Yes!", once adding, "If this is the word I think it is, I know it."

    Upon correctly spelling "filiciform," in the sixth round, the home-school Samir yelled, "Thanks, Mom!" into the audience.

    Samir ultimately stumbled on the word "Roscian," meaning skilled in acting. Two years ago, when Samir tied for third place, bee winner Sai Gunturi predicted he would be a force to be reckoned with in future contests.

    Most of the contestants at the bee's start were from the United States and its territories, but 14 were foreign students. There were 11 from Canada and one each from the Bahamas, Jamaica and New Zealand.

    Each speller wins at least $50. The first-place winner gets $28,000 in cash, scholarships and savings bonds, plus books from Encyclopedia Britannica. That's about $10,000 more than in previous years.

    The contest is administered by E.W. Scripps Co. The youngsters all won local contests sponsored by newspapers.

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    Associated Press writer Juan-Carlos Rodriguez contributed to this report.

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