Thursday, March 17, 2005

P.C. Police Beware: The Rise Of The Bees Continues

The Winner!
Over at Number 2 Pencil, they have profiled the happy news of the return of The Spelling Bee from the graveyard of politically incorrect academic competitions.

Interestingly, athletic competitions seem, for the most part, to be acceptable to the P.C. Police, but for some reason academic competitions must be suppressed lest the self-esteem of unsuccessful entrants be damaged. (heh.)

Today, we have learned that the same kid has
managed to win the city of San Diego's spelling bee for two years in a row:

It came down to "klompen," and puzzlement registered in some faces of the people staring back at the stage, where 13-year-old Anurag Kashyap stood.

"Klompen" are the wooden shoes worn by the Dutch, they soon learned. And then Anurag taught them how to spell it.

By spelling it correctly, Anurag beat out 72 other middle school students yesterday to become San Diego County's champion speller for the second year in a row. The 36th annual spelling bee was at the Scottish Rite Center in Mission Valley.

Anurag, an eighth-grader at Meadowbrook Middle School in Poway, won a dictionary and a trip to compete in the national competition in Washington, D.C., to be held June 1-2.

Long live fair and honorable competition.
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