I’d like to thank everyone who made my trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee possible. It was a great experience that I will never forget. I made a lot of new friends and had a great time meeting people of other cultures and countries.
First, I’d like to thank God for getting me there and giving me the knowledge and wisdom necessary to participate in the competition. I’d also like to thank my teachers and administrators who have encouraged me throughout the years in school at Springmore Elementary and Crest Middle. I would like to thank the Cleveland County School Board Members for all of their encouragement, and for enrolling my school as a part of the competition.
I would like to give a very big thank you to my sponsor, The Shelby Star, for covering all of the expenses necessary for my trip. There is absolutely no way that I would have been able to go without all of The Star’s generosity and encouragement. The members at my church, Boiling Springs Baptist, and my youth group, especially, have also been incredibly supportive. I am so thankful for all of their collective prayers. Also, I definitely could not have done this without my family.
There were even some people that I didn’t know, who have been incredibly complementary of my achievements, and I could never have made it as far as I did without their help. One of those was Lori Mull’s 4th grade class from First Baptist Christian School in Stuart, Florida. After I completed the first ESPN3 round, the class Facetimed me, cheering me on and wishing me luck.
Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank all of the Scripps National Spelling Bee officials, staff, and competitors for making this event such an amazing and memorable opportunity. I wish that I could go back next year, but I am incredibly thankful that I had the chance to experience the unique opportunity of Bee Week in Washington, DC.
#Speller177 Scripps National Spelling Bee 2014
Thanks to everyone who made my trip and experience at DC possible! I cannot believe it is over. Today was a day to celebrate. We explored DC, walked quite a bit, saw the Capitol and Washington Monument, and enjoyed several museums including the International Spy Museum.
When we returned, we got in a small amount of rest before heading to the Award’s Banquet which celebrated all the participants in this year’s Bee. We had an amazing meal, saw TV highlights and coverage of this year’s Bee, and heard speeches from the winners (Sriram J. Hathwar,Ansun Sujoe), and a keynote address from Sameer Mishra.
We had an after-party where everyone danced, collected each other’s autographs, and said their farewells. The fact that I went up and asked Sriram Hathwar, one of the two co-champions of the National Spelling Bee, for his autograph and also received his phone number and email address is pretty cool! When Ansun wanted my autograph, well that was pretty awesome too.
Thomas Manning & 2014 Co-Champion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee Sriram J. Hathwar
Thomas giving an autograph to 2014 Co-Champ Ansun Sujoe
When I get settled back in at home in Boiling Springs this weekend, I’ll share my final thoughts.
Thank you all again for taking this journey with me.
Thomas with 2000 Champ George Thampy & 1999 Champ Nupur Lala
Crest Middle School, Boiling Springs, NC
Cleveland County Schools
As the spellers and their families of this historic Spelling Bee enjoy the final day in the DC area, all will be taking home memories of people met, places seen, and words spelled (and misspelled). All spellers in this competition are champions, especially when you remember that out of 11 million participants (in over 60,000 competitions) only 281 made it this far. All should be applauded and celebrated.
Today, that celebration begins as tours of DC landmarks will take place throughout the day. Tonight all spellers and families will enjoy a banquet in honor of the their achievements, and an after party dance until midnight.
Tomorrow, like so many others, Thomas and I will head home realizing that the week, this Bee, this unique opportunity would have never happened without the support of so many people. Those particular acknowledgements will come when we return home this weekend.
Now it is time to explore DC and hopefully the International Spy Museum.
Noel T. Manning II
Someone asked us, “Is it all work and no play at the Scripps National Spelling Bee?”. Well, not if you’re a Manning.
#hall running: what #speller177 #tcubemanning and his dad do during breaks at the @scrippsBee #spelling bee.
*Shared by Noel T. Manning II
@ScrippsBee #spellingbee with #tcubemanning #speller177 . 2 winners for the 1st time since ’62 . Thomas nor I will ever forget this experience.
CONGRATULATIONS to #Speller154 Sriram Hathwar and #Speller237 Ansun Sujoe! #spellingbee co-champions
@ScrippsBee: For the first time since 1962, we have #SpellingBee CO-CHAMPIONS!
Ngl these kids are geniuses. Congrats Ansun and Sriram!
We are now getting down to the nitty gritty with only four spellers left at 1 hour 38 minutes in.
We are now down to the Elite Eight in the National Spelling Bee.
We are minutes away from the finals of the Scripps national spelling bee competition where the winner will take home $30,000.
Just had a visit from Natalie from USA Today and #Docjacques Bailley. (Pictured here)
This is absolutely incredible. It is truly an unbelievable experience.
Watch at 8pm in ESPN.
A little over an hour away before the 12 spellers (from an original field of 11million spellers across the world) hit this stage for a chance at over $30,000. Talk about pre-game jitters kicking in.
We are truly impressed by all the people we’ve met and stories we’ll have to tell.
Spell well final 12, spell well.
Watch live on Espn at 8pm.