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Evan Wins National Spelling Bee

Congratulations for winning this spelling bee go to both this fine young man and his mother, Jennifer, who schools him at home. I’m encouraged with our world when I read of such people; their brilliance, their dedication, and their accomplishments. Here’s to the upstanding and focused young people among us.

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Having spelled “serrefine” to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Evan O’Dorney is ready to tackle an even more unusual challenge for a 13-year-old boy.

“In the fall,” said his mother, Jennifer, “he’ll be taking calculus.”

Evan, a home-schooled eighth-grader from Danville, Calif., breezed through the competition Thursday night to become the nation’s top speller. He said he knew the winning word — a noun describing small forceps — the moment the pronouncer said it, but he was more enthusiastic when he spoke about an upcoming math camp this summer and the calculus class he’ll be taking at the University of California at Berkeley.

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By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

3 replies on “Evan Wins National Spelling Bee”

We enjoyed following this spelling bee in the paper and the Internet. My brother Tom and I were in spelling bees as kids in school, and we loved it! I remember when I was in 3rd grade and in a spelling bee against kids all the way up to the 6th grade. I came in about 3rd place. I was eliminated from the bee when I spelled border wrong. I spelled it boarder. I recently found out that you can spell it either way. I’d sure like to go back and straighten those judges out! Oh well, I received an honorable mention ribbon, so I’ll be happy with that!


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