Thursday, May 31, 2007

Yet Another Homeschooled Bee Winner!

For the second week in a row, a homeschooler has won a major U.S Bee. Tonight, 13-year-old Evan O'Dorney of Danville, California won the 2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the word "serrefine." Evan won $35,000 in cash and a $5,000 scholarship in addition to a $2,500 savings bond and a set of reference works.

Although this Yahoo article says Evan is homeschooled, the caption on the photo that accompanies the article says he is from Venture School in San Ramon, California. A quick check of the Scripps site reveals that Evan is a homeschooler and that Venture School is the name of his study program.

An interesting side note: according to the Yahoo article, Evan is "the kid who juggles at home while his mother calls out words." Many kids think better and learn more easily when they are allowed to move; obviously, Evan is one of them. But how many schools would allow juggling in spelling class? Probably not many.

1 comment:

Janet said...

My boys in particular seem to learn better when they are fiddling with something. In particular, Lego. :-)