Best of the Spelling Bee
With another Scripps National Spelling Bee -- and a fresh new batch of young contestants -- upon us, we decided to take a look back at some of the best moments from previous years.
Sameer Mishra | 2008
Eighth-grader Sameer Mishra inadvertently heard his assigned word "numnah" as ... "numbnut," like every middle-school boy probably would. His shocked expression, followed by his extreme relief, makes for a hilarious 75 seconds.
Katie Seymour | 2005
It's common for spellers to ask for the definition of a word or of the language of origin. Not so common? Requesting the spelling of the word from the judges. While eighth-grader Katie Seymour's unlikely -- but comical -- request was denied, you have to give her credit for trying.
Akshay Buddiga | 2004
Competing at the spelling bee has to be a nerve-wracking experience for even the best of spellers. And while many contestants are visibly shaken as they approach the microphone and begin speaking, eighth-grader Akshay Buddiga heard his word and immediately fainted and fell to the floor. Somehow, he not only got up and went back to the microphone but he spelled "alopecoid" correctly. Like a boss.
Jack Pasche | 2012
Jack Pasche may not have known how to spell "idiosyncratically," but he definitely knew how to act it out. After realizing his error after just the second letter, the confident seventh-grader threw in "Q-R-S-Z-3- quatro-F-L-D-R-Q" to the delight of the crowd. Because if you're going to lose, you might as well do something that makes you Internet famous in the process.
Rebecca Sealfon | 1997
Thirteen-year-old Rebecca Sealfon won over the crowd with her entertaining antics as she yelled, jumped and chanted her way to the national title. Her quirky performance was later spoofed on an episode of "South Park."
Kennyi Aouad | 2007
Eleven-year-old Kennyi Aouad couldn't help but burst into laughter after hearing his word, "sardoodledom." Somehow, after finding a way to control his giggles, he managed to correctly spell the unfamiliar word.
Dominic Errazo | 2005
In between hearing the definition of his word and actually spelling it, Dominic Errazo brought the audience to a stunned silence with his best "Napoleon Dynamite" impression. Tough crowd, apparently.