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Evan M. O’Dorney, a 13-year-old speller from Danville, Calif., won the 2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night. O’Dorney was named the Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion in the 13th round after correctly spelling the word “serrefine,” which is defined as “a small forceps for clamping a blood vessel.” O’Dorney, the son of Michael and Jennifer O’Dorney, represented the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek, Calif., in this year’s competition.

O’Dorney is an eighth grade student at Venture School in San Ramon, Calif. This was the third Scripps National Spelling Bee in which he competed. Evan tied for 14th place in 2006. The championship rounds of this year’s Bee were broadcast live on the ABC Television Network.

The spelling competition began Wednesday with 286 competitors who qualified to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee by winning locally sponsored bees in their home communities. Kenneth W. Lowe, president and chief executive officer of The E. W. Scripps Company, declared Evan the national champion and awarded him the engraved Scripps National Spelling Bee Championship loving cup immediately after the winning word was correctly spelled.

“Each year we host the Scripps National Spelling Bee to celebrate academic excellence and to encourage advanced literacy,” Lowe said. “Our congratulations to Evan who survived 13 rounds of spelling to emerge as the 2007 national champion. We also extend our congratulations to all of the top spellers who participated in this year’s competition.”

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is the nation’s largest and longest-running educational promotion. The competition is administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E. W. Scripps Company, based in Cincinnati, and 280 local sponsors. The majority of local spelling bee sponsors are daily and weekly newspapers. continue reading

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