On May 31st ABC hosted the annual
Scripps National Spelling Bee at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington D.C.
Every year the nation’s brightest elementary school students gather to compete
in the ultimate spelling bee challenge. Though at the beginning there were 286
spellers, after three days of standardized tests, quizzes, and competitions only
15 remained to compete in the final televised round. The 2007 Scripps
National Spelling Bee was a fun and exciting competition the whole family
could enjoy, which is why it earned our pick for Best of the Week.
This year’s Spelling Bee was
hosted by ABC News’ Robin Roberts, and veteran ESPN commentators Mike Greenly,
Mike Golic, and Stuart Scott helped give the Bee an intense sports atmosphere.
The beginning of the Bee saw the first three spellers defeated by such words as
“girolle” and “zacate.” As each student stood at the microphone their nervous
parents looked on from the side of the stage. Throughout the Bee, ABC provided
a background look at the lives of the children, many of whom come from loving
families who supported the spellers’ dreams.
When the Championship Round
began only three spellers remained. Fourteen-year-old Isabel Jacobson was the
first to slip up as she misspelled “cyanophycean.” That left Canadian Nate
Gartke and the home-schooled Evan O’Dorney battling back and forth until Nate
finally misspelled “coryza.” Evan took the crown as he correctly spelled “serrefine.”
After Evan was presented with the championship trophy, Stuart Scott told the
audience that Evan had said before the competition that he didn’t really like
the Spelling Bee. Asked if he now liked the Bee, Evan shrugged his shoulders
saying, “Yeah, maybe a little.”
For being entertaining,
educational and a tremendous example of family entertainment, the Scripps
National Spelling Bee definitely earns the title Best of the Week.
Best TV Show
of the Week
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