Meet your 2009 Spelling Bee Champion

This year, the bee made the big time by airing on ABC (it never made sense on ESPN) and your winner is Kavya Shivashankar.

Shivashankar spelled the word Laodicean, which is an adjective meaning lukewarm or indifferent towards religion or politics.

A 13-year-old originally from Kansas but now living in California, she wrote out every word on her palm as she outlasted the other 11 finalists for 16 rounds. She even gets to bring more than $40,000 in cash and prizes and one huge champion’s trophy back home.

Turns out fourth time is the charm as she finished 10th, 8th, 4th the past three years and finally won this year.

Other words spelled during the competition include:

  • phoresy
  • menhir
  • Maecenas
  • sophrosyne
  • isagoge
  • guayabera
  • ophelimity
  • oriflamme
  • bouquiniste
  • antonomasia
  • diacoele
  • reredos

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