13 year-old Evan O’Dorney became the 2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion. Evan is a homeschooler from California. According to the Scripps web site, Evan likes to eat fish before his spelling bee competitions. This is Evan’s third time to the National Spelling Bee Competition.
“Cash prizes for competitors range from $50 to $20,000 for the national champion. All spellers receive a commemorative watch; the Samuel Louis Sugarman Award, which consists of a $100 EE U.S. Savings bond; Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged, on CD-ROM from Merriam-Webster; a $20 gift certificate from Franklin Electronic Publishers; and an iQuest handheld from LeapFrog.
The national champion also receives an engraved loving cup, a $5,000 cash award from Franklin Electronic Publishers, a $5,000 cash award from LeapFrog Enterprises Inc., a $5,000 scholarship from Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation; from Merriam-Webster, a $2,500 U.S. Savings Bond, a reference library, and a $5,000 cash award and 50 reference works to the school or library of the champion’s choice; and from Encyclopedia Britannica, reference materials valued at more than $3,800.”
If you have a little one that dreams of becoming a spelling bee champ there are resources at spellingbee.com to help.