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Thursday, June 03, 2004

Now THAT'S one tough speller!

Boy collapses at spelling bee, nails word

The Associated Press
6/3/2004, 1:34 p.m. CT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The National Spelling Bee took a scary turn Thursday when a 13-year-old Colorado boy got lightheaded and collapsed on stage, drawing gasps from an audience packed in for the finals. Akshay Buddiga gathered himself after a few seconds, stood up and, to the amazement of the judges, immediately started spelling his word: "alopecoid."

He got it perfectly, drawing a standing ovation. Akshay went back to his chair, looking uncomfortable, when a Bee employee came to escort him off stage for a quick medical checkup.

As the crowd buzzed and a national television audience watched, the next speller approached the microphone, and the competition resumed.

Akshay, from Colorado Springs, returned for the next round, looking shaky, and correctly spelled "lyophilize." [...]

Akshay Buddiga---hmm, I wonder if that's supposed to be Shack Gabuddi? No matter--that's one tinasheous kid.

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