By: Sara

Sriram Hathwar and Ansun Sunjoe may have lifted the trophy as co-champions of the Scripps National Spelling Bee this year, but the true star of the event was a young man named Jacob Williamson. Jacob may have placed 7th, but he went out in a blaze of glory.

Williamson is one intense kid. He studied eight hours a day for three years just to make sure he could compete in the bee in his final year of eligibility. But even Jacob couldn’t top the intensity that was displayed by one of the kids from 2004. That little guy was so overwhelmed by the pressure that he actually fainted. Miraculously he STILL ended up finishing second.


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