3:10pm EST UPDATE: Buddy misspelled his word in round 3 but won the hearts of everyone by first asking his mother to take a deep breath while he was on stage. Fox News didn’t forget to mention his comment in this article.
10:45 am EST It’s been an intense week here in National Harbor, Maryland. Though next to the patriotic and scenic city of Washington DC, 281 kids are studying rather than taking a proper vacation. Buddy Noorlander, speller 161, celebrated his 14th birthday this week and has been reading 3 books a day to study for the spelling competition. He just successfully spelled the word “escargot” in order to proceed to round 3 and is more relaxed than all of us cheering him on. The two kids following Buddy misspelled their words during round two and the difficulty level is definitely rising with each round. By the end of the day, only 50 will be announced as semi-finalists and tomorrow only 12 will proceed to the finals but we are so proud that he has made it this far. In the end, everyone fell in love with Buddy and we of course weren’t surprised when reporters asked for his interview.