13-Year-Old N.J. Girl Wins Spelling Bee

13-Year-Old N.J. Girl Wins Spelling Bee

There are 13 comments on the The Associated Press story from Jun 1, 2006, titled 13-Year-Old N.J. Girl Wins Spelling Bee . In it, The Associated Press reports that:

A 13-year-old New Jersey girl making her fifth straight appearance at the Scripps National Spelling Bee rattled off 'ursprache' to claim the title of America's best speller on prime-time television Thursday ...

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Halifax

Canning, Canada

#3 Jun 2, 2006
We need to stop spelling bees and start definition bees.
Today's good spellers know how to spell all of the words
we are familiar with so the contest must come up with idiotic
selections like 'usprache' which is usually spelled by phonetics
and guesswork, not from knowledge, and the speller has no idea how
to use the word in conversation.

Now a defintion bee would really mean something. It would reveal
vocabulary and hence communication ability beyond, "I was like...
and then, "He was like....". It would also generate a much wider
audience, as Jeopardy does when we try match our knowledge with
the contestants.
leo

United States

#5 Jun 2, 2006
Halifax wrote:
We need to stop spelling bees and start definition bees.
Today's good spellers know how to spell all of the words
we are familiar with so the contest must come up with idiotic
selections like 'usprache' which is usually spelled by phonetics
and guesswork, not from knowledge, and the speller has no idea how
to use the word in conversation.
Now a defintion bee would really mean something. It would reveal
vocabulary and hence communication ability beyond, "I was like...
and then, "He was like....". It would also generate a much wider
audience, as Jeopardy does when we try match our knowledge with
the contestants.
great idea put them both together spell and use it.
Smokey and the Bandit

Mooresville, NC

#6 Jun 2, 2006
First time the girls have won in 6 years. Great job kid!
Tek

Ancaster, Canada

#7 Jun 2, 2006
Wow, i was impressed. I watched only five minutes of it and in that short time period i could tell that these kids are incredibly smart. I thought, spelling bees were a joke, and they just asked hard everyday words. Hell no! You need to use you brain, i didn't realise the words were words no ones ever heard of before, lol
Rodney

Kansas City, MO

#8 Jun 2, 2006
Graet Job!
mcgyver

Davis, CA

#9 Jun 2, 2006
pete wrote:
She should run for president. Sounds like she is a million times smarter than oily george bush........george would do a fantastic job in a male porn movie getting seated by his bosses from Saudi Arabia namely the Bin Laden family.
What's her stance on Amnesty for Illegals ?????
Werd Xpert

Holden, MO

#10 Jun 2, 2006
hay, eye doent cee watt the big deel is withh noing how to spel. Its just knot that emportent. Sheesh, Ive nown how too spel sense eye kwit the forth grade. eye live ina nice old yelow buss deepe in the woodes. I git my chek evry munth and im hapy. u come round hear usin werds like "ursprache" and i'll nock yoo on yor as.
crazy talk

Palo Alto, CA

#11 Jun 2, 2006
mcgyver wrote:
<quoted text>
What's her stance on Amnesty for Illegals ?????
egress... E-G-R-E-S-S
mcgyver

Davis, CA

#12 Jun 2, 2006
crazy talk wrote:
<quoted text>
egress... E-G-R-E-S-S
Deport,,,D-E-P-O-R-T
Ken

United States

#13 Jun 2, 2006
IMPEACH, I-M-P-E-A-CH
Marceen

Broadwater, NE

#15 Jun 2, 2006
Rodney wrote:
Great Job!
Learn to spell Rodney.
mcgyver

Davis, CA

#16 Jun 2, 2006
Marceen wrote:
<quoted text>Learn to spell Rodney.
R-O-D-N-E-Y

what do I win ????
delexiac

Kansas City, MO

#17 Jun 2, 2006
God, d-o-G

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