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28-May-2007 @ 11:58 pm

Former spellers, let yourselves be filled with nostalgia. It's Bee Week once again.

Edited 29 May to add: No biographies until the finalists are announced, but here's the list of spellers.
30-Sep-2006 @ 7:11 pm
  The authors of my pathophysiology textbook actually published the following misspelling: "indefinately." Seriously, how hard is it to press the spellcheck button? Or hire a proofreader? But what really gets me is that words like hematopoiesis, cholelithiasis, and eosinophilia are spelled correctly...  
Studying for this year's bee 
21-Sep-2006 @ 9:56 pm
  Does anyone know where to get a copy of the Spell It 2007 word list without buying it and waiting for it to ship? I need to memorize all of the words before the school bee. I would be extremely grateful if anyone could help me.  
Friend of mine 
20-Sep-2006 @ 10:16 pm
  Hey guys!
Well, a friend of mine, Katie Seymour was in the spelling bee in...2005 I believe. Anyway, she got a lot of airtime & publicity because she gave a rather humorous line along the lines of "Umm, how do you spell that?" I know that you guys have clips of the spelling bees and such, and I was wondering if anyone had a clip of that? I'd love you FOREVER if you did. Thank you!!
04-Jul-2006 @ 2:16 pm
  Oh, this is wonderful. If you've never heard of the BBloopers section of satirical news site BBspot, it's a lot like Jay Leno's Headlines, pointing out some of the more entertaining mistakes found in various real online news sources.

Anyway, the reason I bring this up is because one of their bloopers featured a number of spelling errors found in an article on the Toronto regional spelling bee. Oops.
31-May-2006 @ 11:51 pm

Someone needs to tell Nupur Lala that she's unwittingly being used for adverstising t-shirts. Maybe she can get some sort of sponsorship deal out of this ;)
31-May-2006 @ 8:00 pm
  There's a rather interesting op-ed column about the NSB in today's New York Times, written by none other than former speller Emily Stagg. (Thanks to Amy Goldstein for the tip.)  
02-Jan-2006 @ 1:32 pm
  Turn to ESPN2 at 2:00 (Eastern time) today— they're doing a marathon of spelling bee finals up until 2:00 in the morning!

They're not in any real sort of order, so here's the complete list, courtesy of Yahoo's TV listings:
2:00pm - 2004 National Spelling Bee
4:00pm - 1996 National Spelling Bee
6:00pm - 1999 National Spelling Bee
8:00pm - 2003 National Spelling Bee
10:00pm - 1997 National Spelling Bee
12:00am - 2005 National Spelling Bee
10-Nov-2005 @ 6:48 pm

The movie Bee Season opens in select cities on Friday! A very few select cities (as in like five), but never fear, the rest of the world gets it November 23. The website has a trailer, a few clips, and a six minute featurette on the film.

I dunno, I liked the book but I can't say it was one of my favorites. I'm excited to see the movie though, it looks pretty good.
Um, hi! 
22-Sep-2005 @ 7:37 pm
mood: calm
Hey everyone, I'm not sure if this community is still being posted in, but I found it while searching for "spelling" as an interest because I had nothing better to do. Anyway, my name is Kendra. I was speller 21 in 04 (27th place, r5 Nigerois) and 22 in 05 (72nd place, r3 coiffure *grr*). I still have a few years to go before I'm ineligible for the NSB though. So......oh yes, is anyone else disappointed that Scripps took "Colorific" and "The Round Table" out of the 06 Paideia?
29-Aug-2005 @ 10:11 am

An fun online spelling bee, although at the risk of sounding like a snob, it's not terribly challenging. Still, it's better than homework.
This is amusing... 
10-Jun-2005 @ 10:28 pm
  I thought you guys would enjoy this:

Amusing clips from NSB '05 
05-Jun-2005 @ 6:59 pm
  I'm posting these on YouSendIt, so they'll only be up for a week (if even that); however, I can re-upload any of these clips, so just leave a comment if any of them isn't available:

Without the S, they're just "CRIPPS"
"How do you spell that?" (Katherine Seymour)
"Do the chickens have large talons?" (Dominic Errazo, channeling Napoleon Dynamite)

{Edited 2005/05/26 to refresh the links, because I happened to catch the bee on TV again and was reminded of how amusing these were.]
04-Jun-2005 @ 2:52 am
mood: amused
Oooops. The Scripps web team seems to have misspelled champion Anurag Kashyap's name on the Photo Gallery page.

Naturally, I've saved a screenshot of this momentous error for posterity's sake. ::grin::

And speaking of misspellings at the Bee, anyone catch that John Minnich was representing the "Roanoake" Times, according to his official placard? Some proofreader needs to be sacked...
Any more? 
02-Jun-2005 @ 1:56 pm
  Hey, I just stumbled upon this community. I was in my regional spelling bee this year. Lost on "ultimatum." *Will never forget this word.* Not to mention I was number #13. xD Lady luck hates me. I was really disappointed and found out about our regional spelling bee when I was in 8th grade. I really wished I could've competed when I was younger though. That's why I wanted to ask if there were any spelling bees like the the NSB but for a slightly older age group? Thanks.

And did anyone see that commercial for Akeelah and the Bee on ESPN during the Spelling Bee? :D It looks awesome.
from variety.com -- NSB continues to go Hollywood 
30-May-2005 @ 6:55 pm
  Does 'Bee' spell out trend?
Tuner joins other spelling-related hits


Spelling bees seem to be part of the entertainment zeitgeist these days, as "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" is part of a wave of spelling-related projects.

ESPN began airing the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in 1994. The bee's director, Paige Kimble, says that was a "real turning point for this organization" because it "opened the drama of the event to millions of homes."

Kimble says the bee's TV broadcast was the impetus for "Spellbound," Jeffrey Blitz's 2002 doc that followed eight of the 1999 national bee's eccentric young competitors.

Disney bought the rights to adapt the doc into a musical, which is still in development, though the new "Spelling Bee" musical certainly casts doubt on its future as a Broadway vehicle.

Last year, the BBC aired a spelling bee gameshow called "Hard Spell."

Myla Goldberg's 2000 novel "Bee Season," about a spelling champ in a troubled family, has been adapted into a Fox Searchlight film starring Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche. And Lions Gate has wrapped production on "Akeelah and the Bee," starring Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne, about a girl from the inner city trying to make it to the nationals. Both pics are skedded for release later this year.
Yan sighting! 
30-May-2005 @ 6:28 pm
  No Nupur on Bee Week staff this year, but we do have Yan Zhong, in addition to April DeGideo who is still hanging in there... although to be honest I don't know her well enough to recognize her. But, we DO have a Yan sighting! http://www.spellingbee.com/05bee/pg05/01/mSC_0273.jpg
Yan is #5 from the right, and there is a girl with odd sunglasses immediately to her left. ;) hehe... hooray for Yan!
random NSB 2005 speller notes 
30-May-2005 @ 2:03 am
  kicking things off: apparently speller #250, Kaleo O'Kalani Li, is representing PROVO, UTAH. does anyone else find this amusing?

*This girl, Amanda M. Redhouse, is Navajo, and thus earns cool points.

*As of speller #17, it has already become apparent that the latest trend in Websterianism (ooh, new term) is: playing flute.

*Kendra Guthrie Yoshinaga, speller #22, is an "ardent conservationist."

*Edwin Ho, speller #26, loves psychology books and "charity groups."

*I would love to know where the hell Finola Mei Hwa Hackett's name comes from. Also, she will kick your ass in Irish dance. Don't mess.

*Jamie Daniel Deshaies likes French. He's from Quebec. Cheater!
Also, I would really love to know what Scripps defines as "National," considering all of the non-United States and U.S. territories that participate. One day the Canadians will spank us, and we will hang our heads in shame. hahaha... no, no, you're right... I'm sorry.

*Jordynne L.V. Ropat is a prime example of the way in which a speller's name should Not be butchered or complicated.

*All apologies to Nicholas J. Marcucci, but WTH is a "First Class Scout"? Is that like a rich Boy Scout or something? Do they take tea with political leaders and CEOs?
At least he's a Yankees fan.

*Margaret Dorothea Scholten has earned her rightful place in this year's NSB by having friends from Kazakhstan.

*Kimberly Rachel Campbell Olson will triple backflip, kneeboard-kick her mandolin through your chest, and give God the glory. Punk.

*Dovie Eisner needs no reasons to be awesome, but the fact that lavenderpenguin digs him helps.

*Asami Katherine Floyd will leave a boot imprint on your face if you cross her; "During the summer she enjoys attending a military camp in Illinois."

*Pay no attention to that gaggle of pre-teen girls wearing grass skirts; it's just Sharon Catigbac Mores Daugherty and her hula-dancing troupe at it again.

*For his Arabic-reading and Urdu-speaking skills, Sami Hashmi will surely be snapped up for some CIA position the second he becomes legal.
p.s. -- what the hell is Urdu?

*Jasmine A. Kaneshiro is bettering the world, one homeless feminist hippie at a time.
(Only kidding, I swear. Go her for being politically and socially minded, seriously. Run with it, girl!)

*Cole T. Smith will be your future American Kennel Club connection.

okay, it's late and I'm tired. If someone would like to continue browsing the speller bios for anything interesting (I can't stop thinking about that one girl a few years back... what was it that she invented, her own form of time or time equation or something really freaky?), please do so. If someone else is going to dramatically alter my future with their mad skillz, I need to know. Pick up at speller #71.
Finally... another Bee Week has arrived! 
30-May-2005 @ 1:12 am
  BOARD GAME FESTIVAL PICTURES!!!how come we (circa 1998) didn't have a board game festival?
then again, would I have wanted that festival if it were lacking ice cream sundaes?

p.s. -- this picture makes you want to marry Jacques Bailly!  (if I misspelled his last name, it's only because my memory lacks, so bite me)

p.p.s. -- yes, this post IS completely devoid of intellect, and yes, I am a little bit tired.  and EXCITED!  can't you feel my excitement?  I love Bee Week!  I cannot wait until Thursday!

p.p.p.s. -- If you are going to be around Thursday afternoon, will have computer access and be able to simultaneously watch the Bee, and are an interested AIM user, leave a comment here.  for the past few years (Cody, exactly how long has this been taking place?), we have formed our own AIM chat room and have had past spellers come together to try and listen/spell along/enjoy the suspenseful moments/root for friends/make fun of people and even ourselves when necessary. ;)   It always proves to be a good time.  If you would like to see how things have gone in the past, here is a link to last year's related post:  http://www.livejournal.com/users/mimeinashoebox/555527.html, and here is the link from 2003: http://www.livejournal.com/users/mimeinashoebox/369002.html (this one is particularly scathing ;))
random question.... 
20-May-2005 @ 7:14 pm
  Is there anyone out there who went back to the NSB for a second or third year and decided to just go for fun and not study?

The girl who won my regional bee this year also went last year but told me she hasn't studied at all this year because she's just going for the experience.

I dunno, my experience at the NSB would've made me study even harder if I'd had the chance to go back. Is that just me?

It's coming up though, get excited!