August 1, 2014

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Day 3: The winner

the-winner

“The Bee has ended and this year’s champion has been declared! Laura Newcombe and Joanna Ye were 2 of our early favorites. Both of them made it to the top 5 along with the amiable duo of Dakota Jones and Arvind Mahankali, but it was the quiet yet self-assured Sukanya Roy who was all business Read More…

Day 3: The finals

the-finals

“After 7 rounds, the field has been narrowed to 13 spellers for the evening’s broadcast of the National Spelling Bee Finals. What had been scheduled for 3 hours turned out to be a 4-1/2 hour marathon semifinal earlier in the day. By semifinal’s end, we were exhausted just from watching! It is an extraordinary level Read More…

Day 3: The semifinals

semifinals

“It’s 10 a.m. Thursday and time for the National Spelling Bee semifinals! “For the Cecil family, it is welcome relief waking to a new day. To compound the parental stress of getting Matthew through his obligations yesterday, we received word during the competition that my grandmother (Matt’s great-grandma) had passed away. “What an emotional roller-coaster Read More…

Speller falls short of semifinals at 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee

While it would have been nice to enter today’s semifinal of the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee, not being there is something of a relief for Matt Cecil. “Actually I’m more relaxed than I’ve been in the last few months,” the 13-year-old Amherst Junior High student said Wednesday night after dinner with his parents, Craig Read More…

Day 2: Ready to relax

ready-to-relax

“The day’s competition has ended and the semi-finalists have been announced.  41 spellers will endure round after round tomorrow morning in hopes of making it to the night’s finals.  Oh, and Matthew?  I think I mentioned earlier that he’s already a champ!  Matt’s score didn’t get him to the semi-finals, but he’s ready to relax Read More…

Day 2: ‘Luculent’

luculent

“The word this time is ‘luculent’ and Matthew nails it for 3 more points toward his composite score. Now we must wait for the rest of the spellers to finish to see if Matt’s score will be enough to qualify him for tomorrow’s semi-finals. Keeping our fingers crossed!” — Craig Cecil, Matt’s proud dad About Read More…

Day 2: Getting ready for round 3

getting-ready-for-round-3

“Back after lunch, it’s time for round 3 for Matthew’s group. 18 words were missed by spellers in the afternoon’s first group. Good luck Matt; I hope those oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies don’t slow you down!” — Craig Cecil, Matt’s proud dad About the blog: Matt Cecil, of Amherst, is in Washington, D.C., this week for Read More…

Day 2: 15 minutes of fame

15-minutes

“Upon leaving the ballroom after round 2, Matthew and the other spellers were greeted by members of the news media. Here is Matthew using one of his 15 minutes of fame in an interview with Nancy Ellard of NBC News. NOW it’s time for lunch!” — Craig Cecil, Matt’s proud dad About the blog: Matt Read More…

Day 2: ‘Wiccan’

wiccan

“Matthew faces off successfully against ‘wiccan’ to earn 3 points toward his composite score! 38 participants misspelled in this round. Round 3 is this afternoon. Ah, we can all finally breathe Time to grab some lunch!” — Craig Cecil, Matt’s proud dad About the blog: Matt Cecil, of Amherst, is in Washington, D.C., this week Read More…

Day 2: In the mix

in-the-mix

“That’s it, Matthew; stand up for your adoring fans (and annoyingly doting parents). Maroon shirt, blue jeans, and loads of confidence! Good luck Matt!” — Craig Cecil, Matt’s proud dad About the blog: Matt Cecil, of Amherst, is in Washington, D.C., this week for the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee as he competes for a Read More…