KANSAS CITY, MO – Welcome back, we’re in the final round of the spelling competition; the winner here will go on to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. And your final word is…”epic”.
OK, so epic isn’t the hardest word to spell, but it completely defines the colossal f-a-i-l halting the Jackson County spelling bee in Kansas City. 25 students entered the bee and after 19 rounds only 2 remained. 11-year-old Sophia Hoffman and 13-year-old Kush Sharma battled fiercely until the 66th round. That’s when the unthinkable occurred. Contest coordinators ran out of words from the national approved list and were forced to postpone the competition. Which after 5 hours of word spelling pleased everyone. However, the final 2 were happy to be part of the record-breaking day. Competition will resume on March 8th.
Hopefully there will be enough words. With these two kids at the podium, it may be awhile before anyone spells w-i-n-n-e-r.