Spelling bee: Hey! That’s my brother’s professor!

The Scripps National Spelling Bee was held today in Washington DC. It’s a great competition to watch, and a great reminder of how little I know about my language. Congratulations to the co-champions of the event, Ansun Sojoe, and Sriram Hathwar. You two already know more words and more about the English language than most of us will in our whole lives!

The highlight of the event is seeing one if my brother’s graduate school professors there. Dr. Bailly, the emcee of the event, is one of my brother’s professors in his Greek and Latin grad school program at the University of Vermont. And apparently, he is as monotonous in real life as he sounds in the bee.

It’s just cool seeing those connections, seeing people who work with a member of my family.

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