On the left are the nine contestants ready to go.
On the right is the 3rd place finisher with two of her classmates who cheered her on and cheered her up after her elimination.
Chicken Korma was on the celebration menu yesterday evening at one of her favorite restaurants.
I was on the phone with my younger brother for a few hours earlier tonight. He found my 3rd place medal from the 1972 McQuaid Jesuit Spelling Bee I competed in when I was in 8th grade. Lots of study and preparation went into that competition for a four-year full scholarship.
I remember Sister Mary Ellen, my grade school’s principal, who was a fanatic about the spelling bee. She kept lists from the bee going back twenty-five years. I also read the dictionary that year in preparation.
I told Brittany the story of how I was so confident I was going to win, but I was worried because I didn’t really want to go to the all-boys Jesuit school. My mom told me to do my best and it would all work out.
Which, of course, it did. By finishing third, I received a medal and no scholarship offer. I didn’t know that medal was still in someone’s possession. That will be a nice keepsake to give to my favorite speller.