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Spelling Bee 2011: St. Louis's Finest, Rounak Nag Bera, Just Misses Semifinals

The Scripps National Spelling Bee for 2011 is over, and the victor is Sukanya Roy, a 14-year-old from Pennsylvania with a future in international relations who correctly spelled the word cymotrichous, which Mac OS X's built-in spell-check could not appreciate any less. But a word of congratulations is in order to St. Louis's champion, Rounak Nag Bera, who missed out on the semifinals after failing to score enough points in the written test. A fifth-grader this year, he's got more than enough time to avenge his defeat and earn the honor of becoming the Official Speller of SB Nation St. Louis. 

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One suggestion for next year's competition: Enlist the services of Tony La Russa. La Russa might turn his sixth-grade life into a constant, paranoid nightmare of conspiracy theories and black clouds, but he's got a long history of turning veterans into championship contenders, and at 12 Bera will no longer be a Spelling Bee rookie. I just hope he's okay with, you know, hating everybody all the time.