A boy has been eliminated from a spelling bee after VAR determined he had spelled a word incorrectly.
The 12-year-old student Roy Seligman was brutally dumped from the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals after a replay showed that he misspelt the word Ambystoma which is a type of salamander.
#Speller1 7th grader Roy Seligman from The Bahamas has spelled the word ambystoma (a type of salamander) incorrectl… https://t.co/p0JxPF3oUC— Scripps National Spelling Bee (@Scripps National Spelling Bee) 1625792722
After audio review, the judges determined that #Speller1 Roy Seligman did misspell ambystoma. No one envies the jud… https://t.co/NsnbcjbMk4— Scripps National Spelling Bee (@Scripps National Spelling Bee) 1625792952
They have spelling bee VAR and this kid just got eliminated because of it https://t.co/ahCzhi2Fjh— Timothy Burke (@Timothy Burke) 1625792811
We can’t believe spelling bees have VAR either but they apparently do and on this occasion, it was used to determine if Seligman had said “y” or “i” when spelling the word. It, unfortunately, determined that he had said the latter leading him to leave the competition.
Seligman, who represented the Bahamas, previously competed in 2019, when he tied for 51st place. Reaching the finals, then, is pretty good going this time around even if he was scuppered by VAR.
Meanwhile, Zaila Avant-garde, from Louisiana, won after correctly spelling the word “murraya.” She is the first African American winner and the second Black champion in the competition’s history
13-year-old Zaila Avant-garde of Louisiana is your 93rd Scripps National #SpellingBee champion ‼️ The first Africa… https://t.co/FfA5abRBCI— ESPN (@ESPN) 1625796780
Announcing the news of Seligman’s departure, one of the judges said: “Roy, you’re amazing and we’re so proud of you and we wanted to make sure we made the right decision. Congratulations for being here, you are a role model.”
We wish him well next year.