281 young scholars spelled their hearts out at the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee yesterday (May 30).
And as she has done for the last ten years, Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes live-blogged the intense competition for the blog A List of Things Thrown Five Minutes Ago.
"What I love about the Bee is its celebration of intelligence," the veteran TV producer wrote last year. "The Bee at its best is a dance party for braininess, a nerdgasm for smarty-pants. The Bee is home for those of us who maybe can not throw a ball or run without our inhalers. The Bee is a place for people who like to read, who enjoy math, who love science and art and geography and words, words, words. The Bee is for people who have plans that do not include being a Real Housewife of Anything. The Bee is the only way our people will ever be on ESPN. And that makes the Bee awesome."
Shonda got up bright and early to begin her live coverage around 7 a.m. PT, and and gave props to each kid who took a turn at the mic. For example, she wrote that Jacob Williamson "has swagger, a fantastic confidence." Regarding Lokesh Nagineni: "I love that when he hears his word, he wrinkles his nose." And on the topic of Muriel Cotman: "I love everything about her. My inner kid-nerd recognizes her from my childhood."
She also gave props to ESPN, nothing they don't mock the kids like they used to. "They don't treat the children as adorable oddities. They treat them like small scholars … They use the breathless commentary style reserved for athletics."
And this mother of three also related to the parents: "I get it. Your child is out in the world doing something. And it's not so much that you want them to win but you want them to succeed, to be happy, to do well in the thing that they want to do. Especially when they have worked so hard. You want them not to be crushed."
By the end, two young men tied for first place, Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sujoe. "But I do want to cheer and congratulate all those kids who stood and spelled and fought for brainiacs everywhere," Shonda typed in conclusion of her coverage. "Yay for intelligence!"
Well said, Shonda! Now get back to S-E-A-S-O-N 1-1.
Source: A List of Things Thrown Five Minutes Ago