Teen Gets Overly Excited at Spelling Bee Word, Then Sadly Misspells It
byKaitlin StanfordMay 30, 2014
We're always impressed to watch national spelling bees on TV. On the one hand, it's inspiring to see kids one-third our age spell complex words we never new existed. On the other hand, it's depressing to see kids one-third our age spell complex words we never knew existed.
This week, at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, one teen with a vocabulary wider than we'll ever have stepped up to the podium and was presented with the word "kabaragoya." (Apparently, that is a large aquatic lizard from South Asia.)
At first, his excited reaction is absolutely priceless: "I know it! I know it! I totally know it!"
But sadly, he did not know it. Starting off with a "c" instead of a "k" to spell the word, 15-year-old Jacob Williamson was disqualified by the announcer, despite an otherwise awesome performance that night. His reaction was very honestly shocked, "WHAT?!"
As the video's caption notes, Jacob's misspelling and subsequent reaction is painfully funny. But it was also a bit sad to watch for viewers, who had more or less fallen in love with the guy at the beginning of the show. That's when he turned in another over-the-top display of excitement after making it to the finals.
Our condolences to Jacob. You handled that like a champ, young sir. Well, after totally freaking out.