Utterly Meaningless » Blog Archive » NO FAIR!
  • NO FAIR!

    Filed at 11:44 pm under by dcobranchi

    Way to go, kids.

    WASHINGTON — Evan O’Dorney always eats fish before his spelling bees. The brain food apparently has served him well: He’s the 2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion.

    The 13-year-old from Danville, Calif., aced “serrefine” Thursday night to become the last youngster standing at the 80th annual bee. He triumphed after a tense duel with Nate Gartke of Spruce Grove, Alberta, who was trying to become the first Canadian to win.

    He’s listed as representing Venture School. That’s a public independent study/homeschool. (CA’s laws are so confusing!)

    So, assuming you count the eventual winner among them, 4 of the final 15 were HEKs.

    4 Responses to “NO FAIR!”

    Comment by
    June 1st, 2007
    at 10:51 am

    Actually, 5 of the final 15 were HEK’s. Another of the CA students was also in an independent study program, and some of the news folks didn’t catch that.

    Comment by
    Dee Dee
    June 1st, 2007
    at 11:31 am

    I’m still trying to figure out how he got to take the CHSPE if he was registered as an 8th grader with the ISP. To be eligible to take the CHSPE, you must be either 16 or older or be in at least the second semester of 10th grade (not 8th). We file as an ungraded private school to avoid grade level limitations.

    Comment by
    Nance Confer
    June 1st, 2007
    at 12:17 pm

    LOL — so we count them when they win the spelling bee, huh?

    Otherwise. they are a threat to homeschooling as we know it!

    What a great country!


    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    June 1st, 2007
    at 1:05 pm

    There’s a reason I rarely write about CA. “Public homeschool” just grates.