May 28, 2009

Definition: Indifferent or lukewarm especially in matters of religion.

Kavya Shivashankar spelled that word — familiar if you’ve spent time reading the book of Revelation — to win the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee tonight. Long considered one of the likely top finishers for this year’s bee, Kavya outlasted Tim Ruiter of Centreville, Va., and Aishwarya Pastapur of Springfield, Ill., in an intense championship round.

Her win capped a finals round that saw another favorite, Sidharth Chand, exit after missing “apodyterium.”

We had a blast watching the Bee from the audience. Host Tom Bergeron did a great job, and the Bee staff kept everything moving along really well.

We’re also pretty wiped after a week of spelling, sightseeing and socializing. But it was a blessing for Santos and our family to have this opportunity. Last year, we told him that attending the Bee was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It’s not often you get those twice.

Once we get home, we’ll wrap up this blog with some observations from the week and a bunch of photos Santos shot during the finals.

Thanks, again, to everyone for your kind support and encouragement! And thank you again to the Loudoun Times-Mirror for sponsoring Santos!


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