Evan O'Dorney always eats fish before his spelling bees. The brain food has served him well: He's the 2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion.
The 13-year-old boy from Danville, Calif., aced "serrefine" Thursday night to become the last youngster standing, winning a tense duel with Nate Gartke of Spruce Grove, Alberta, who was attempting to become the first Canadian to win the 80th annual bee.
Evan won a trophy and a $35,000 prize, plus a $5,000 scholarship, a $2,500 savings bond and a set of reference works. He said he knew how to spell the winning word — a noun describing small forceps — as soon as the pronouncer said it.
Evan said he wasn't surprised to win, but he confessed that spelling isn't his favorite thing.
"My favorite things to do were math and music, and with the math I really like the way the numbers fit together," he said. "And with the music I like to let out ideas by composing notes — and the spelling is just a bunch of memorization."
from FOX News