The youngest person ever to qualify for the National Spelling Bee was running around in a stream with a friend, hunting for rocks. Suddenly, she came charging up the bank and headed straight for her mother. "Hold on to that basalt," Lori Anne Madison said in a bossy 6-year-old's voice, "and do not drop it."
Northwood boy wins state spelling bee They are not typically a gambling family, the Korsmos, except of course for being farmers. But Debbie Korsmo felt confident a while back when she bet her son, Ty, $100 that he couldn’t spell amanuensis. “A-m-a-n-u-e-n-s-i-s,” Ty calmly replied.
The 13-year-old tied for second place with two other spellers Friday, his highest-ever ranking in the Super Bowl of spelling. Shantanu Srivatsa flubbed “ochidore” in the eighth round, allowing Anamika Veeramani of Ohio to become the spelling bee champion.
Ty Korsmo finished fifth at last year’s North Dakota State Spelling Bee.
The home-schooled, sixth-grader from Northwood, N.D., wanted to improve, so he and his mother, Debbie, asked for help from a former national champion. They didn’t have to go far.
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