Twelve-year-old master speller, So-Young Iris Chung misspelled a word that took her out of the semi-finals in the national competition, but she nonetheless won our hearts. Who among us could spell “Chrysoprase,” much less know it’s meaning?
The graceful Terramar elementary student from Peoria, AZ , refused to cry at her loss, saying, “I don’t cry in public.”
Eliminated the previous day was Arizona’s other participant, Natasha Begay, 14, from the Navajo Nation community of Lukachukai who misspelled “criterion.”
The contest winner is Sameer Mishra, 13, of West Lafayette Indiana. He won $35,000 in cash and more than $5,000 in other prizes.