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Mishra aces 'guerdon' to capture National Spelling Bee crown

5/31/2008

WASHINGTON -- The new National Spelling Bee champion is 13-year-old Sameer Mishra who aced "guerdon" -- a word that appropriately means "something that one has earned or gained."

The Lafayette, Indiana, whiz-kid was a crowd favorite throughout the tournament. When told one of his words in the semifinals was a dessert, he deadpanned: "That sounds good right now."

He rolled his eyes and muttered "wonderful" when told that one of his words had five different language roots.

Sameer likes playing the violin and videogames, and hopes one day to be a neuro-surgeon.

By the way, the winning word is spelled G-U-E-R-D-O-N.