This beats whatever story from elementary school you always tell people: Yesterday, Kansas City seventh grader Kush Sharma defeated fifth grader Sophia Hoffman in a spelling bee that lasted two days over the course of two weeks.
He won by correctly spelling the world "definition," which seems at least partly ironic on the part of the contest's organizers. Sharma's chance at victory came after 90-plus rounds, and only once Hoffman incorrectly spelled the word "stifling."
Sharma will now compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which takes place in Washington, D.C. in the final week of May. The national bee almost always produces a few fleeting, minor celebrities, and Sharma should have a head start in that category, at least.
At this point, he may already be one at his middle school. Winning a two-week long spelling bee? LADIES LOVE COOL KUSH.
[image via AP]