June 3rd, 2011
If you like young teens and even pre-teens spelling words that you have never even heard of before, then you should have been in Oxon Hill, Maryland (right outside of Washington, DC) yesterday, site of the 84th Scripps National Spelling Bee. The Bee started off with 275 young spellers, and by the time it had ended, only one was left: 14 year old Sukanya Roy of South Abington Township, Pennsylvania.
Roy’s win was certainly not due to a lack of competition. The Bee lasted 20 rounds, and Roy’s final four opponents proved formidable; as a group the final five spelled 20 straight words correctly at one point. The first of the five knocked off was Dakota Jones, a 14 year old from Las Vegas who lost in the 15th round.
The next two to be bounced from the Bee were heavy favorites going into the finals, but lost in the 17th round. The first knocked off after Jones was Arvind Mahankali, the confident 11 year old from Forest Hills, New York, who seemed more and more unstoppable throughout the day. A contender from the start was Joanna Ye of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, another quick speller, but she got knocked out on the word, “galoubet.”
That left Roy and another favorite Laura Newcombe in the final round. But Newcombe fell short of becoming the first Canadian to win it all, misspelling “sorites” in the 19th round and giving Roy the chance to win. Roy, the quiet, yet mightily consistent 14 year old who seemed to gain confidence as the competition went on, correctly spelled “periscii” and her winning word, “cymotrichous.”
Experience certainly seemed to play a role in this year’s Bee, certainly a pattern that has been developing with the increased attention the competition has been receiving. Out of the 13 finalists, only one had never been to a Bee before. For eight of the finalists, this was their second Bee, and for four of the finalists, this was their third Bee. In fact, the final two spellers were both three-year contestants. It goes to show that not only does practice make perfect but that these kids, most of whom are only anywhere from 12 to 14 years old, need time to get used to the spotlight that they are put under at the Bee.
With her win, Roy not only gets the trophy, but also more than $40,000 in cash and prizes. According to the Scripps site, the prizes consist of $30,000 in cash, a $2,500 savings bond and a reference library from Merriam-Webster, $2,600 in reference works and a lifetime membership to Britannica Online Premium from Encyclopaedia Britannica, $5,000 cash prize from the Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation, and an online course and a Nook eReader from K12 Inc. That comes out to $2,000 for each correctly spelled word.
Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life. Ages 9 to 18 are ruled by the second letter of the first name.
u is the 21st letter of the alphabet, so from ages nine to eighteen she has the number 21 going on
21 = Stepping onto the world stage. For all the world to see.
Ages 0 to 27 are rules by the sum of the first three letters of the first name.
19 (S is the 19th letter of the alphabet) + 21 (u is the 21st letter of the alphabet) + 11 (k is the 11th letter of the alphabet) = 51
So from ages zero to twenty-seven she has the number 51 going on.
51 = Genius.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
her primary challenge = SR = 19 = Proud of her hard earned success.
what she must do/has to do = SO = 16 = Astounding. Spectacular. Awesome. Amazing.
how she obtains her heart’s desire = SY = 17 = Inspired. Inspirational.