K-E-R-R-Y C-L-O-S-E is Spelling Bee Winner.

Katherine "Kerry" Close, a 13-year-old 8th-grader from Spring Lake, New Jersey, won yesterday's Scripps National Spelling Bee and took home $42,000 in cash and prizes.

The winning word? "Ursprache", which means a language that is the recorded or hypothetical ancestor of another language or group of languages.


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This contest exists because we need people in this world who can spell just as much as we need people who can throw a football.

Experts in both fields, and many others, deserve recognition.
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The drama of the competition, the thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat, Yayo, are the reasons that the spelling bee contest was put on live TV (on ABC, of course!).
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