Danville, California is now the nation’s spelling hotbed, as eighth-grader Evan O’Dorney’s
Jordanesque Lebronian performance at the 80th annual Scripps Spelling Bee landed the 13-year-old lexicon lover in the pantheon of all-time spelling greats like Anurag Kashyap, Peg McCarthy (who later went onto an illustrious career as a pirate … zing!) and Barrie Trinkle.
O’Dorney, who eats fish before spelling bees (really), seized the day with his victorious recitation of the correct spelling of “serrefine.” Some may say that O’Dorney’s victory may be tainted by the controversial–and quite frankly, egregious–disqualification of perennial favorite (and five-time LOSER) Samir Patel, but not us. O’Dorney won that shit fair and square:
O’Dorney finally won with a series of relatively simple words — at least for him: pappardelle, an Italian pasta; yosenabe, a Japanese soup; and his winning word — serrefine, small forceps for clamping a blood vessel. An unusual practice technique may also have paid off for O’Dorney: His mom, Jennifer O’Dorney, quizzes him daily on words out of Merriam-Webster’s dictionary as he juggles as many as four balls while walking around his home.
He said he sees mathematical patterns while he’s juggling and spelling words aloud.
Ladies and gentlemen, the first genius in the history of Danville. Honestly, we didn’t even know Danvillians could read, what with all the cows and whatnot.
As for the young O’Dorsey, his life dreams include embarking on a career path that leads to becoming a math teacher or music composer. Good luck, young Danvillian. Just remember: never, ever become a sad, lonely blogger.
Getting It Letter Perfect [SFGate]
Down Goes Patel! [Deadspin]
Scripps National Spelling Bee [Wikipedia]
[Photos courtesy: SFGate]