How do you spell famous?
By LISA GUTIERREZ
The Kansas City Star
Ask the two young spelling bee kids who whipped through 66 rounds at the Jackson County Spelling Bee on Saturday without misspelling a word. And now everyone from CNN to Good Morning America is talking about them.
Sophia Hoffman, a fifth-grader at Highland Park Elementary in Lees Summit, and Kush Sharma, a seventh-grader at Frontier School of Innovation, a Kansas City charter school, raced past all the other kids in 19 rounds.
Then they just kept going, like Energizer bunnies whod memorized the dictionary, on stage at the Kansas City Public Librarys Plaza Branch.
We ran out of words, the bees co-coordinator Mary Olive Thompson told The Kansas City Star.
She called the showdown legendary.
The story has shown up in TV reports and in The New York Daily News and other newspapers under headlines calling it an epic duel.
On Monday, the folks on ABCs Good Morning America reported on the standoff, noting that a trip to the National Spelling Bee awaits the eventual winner. (The local bee will resume on March 8.)
The GMA folks started chanting: Send them both, send them both!
We couldnt agree M-O-R-E.