OK, maybe I'm a little bit nerdy when it comes to such things, but I think spelling bees rival any other sporting event for sheer tension, drama, and excitement. Getting down to one putt to win a huge golf tournament might be about the equivalent of the massive tension involved in the later rounds of a spelling bee.
And as someone who's spelling challenged myself (I found 3 spelling errors in this post the first time through) I really appreciate how tough it must be.
Bonny Jain is the local equivalent of Tiger Woods, when it comes to spelling in the clutch. Simply put, he kicks ass.
If any local kid came close to the equivalent accomplishments in say, football or basketball, he'd be a hero and their name would be on everyone's lips. But competitions which don't require physical size, strength, or endurance don't seem to get the attention they deserve. It seems that if you sweat from running, it's ok, but if you sweat it out challenging your brain to spell difficult words in front of a large audience where one wrong step means you're dead, it's not so big a deal.
I wonder how many star athletes would crumble under the strain? It would be like being in sudden death overtime for hours.
Bonny Jain is our local spelling whiz, won the regional competition and is going to the nationals for the second year in a row. I think it's very cool and wish him luck.
And hats off to the Dispatch/Argus for their sponsorship of the regional bee.
Bonny, an eighth-grader from Wilson Middle School in Moline, won his third regional spelling bee in four years, a first for the event, sponsored by The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus.Dispatch/Argus photo by Eric Davis
He spelled "lieutenant" and "haggis" to win, after JohnPatrick Brown, an eighth-grader at Glenview Middle School in East Moline, was sidelined by the word "phyllo" in the 15th round.
The bee went 38 rounds last year before Bonny won, beating close friend and fellow Wilson student Sachin Raghunathan.