[Ed. – Life imitates The Onion.]
The Jackson County Spelling Bee started at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Kansas City Public Library’s Plaza Branch.
It isn’t over yet.
“We did over 60 rounds,” said Mary Olive Thompson, a library outreach manager and co-coordinator of the spelling bee. “We ran out of words.”
The showdown will resume March 8 at a library location to be determined. The winner gets a ticket to Washington, D.C., in May for the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Twenty-five students started Saturday’s championship round. After 19 rounds, only two were still standing: Sophia Hoffman, a fifth-grader at Highland Park Elementary in Lee’s Summit, and Kush Sharma, a seventh-grader at Frontier School of Innovation, a Kansas City charter school.
Word after word, Kush and Sophia ran through a list provided by the national bee. When they broke for lunch, bee officials picked about 20 extra words out of their Merriam-Webster’s 11th Edition. Just in case.