Evan O’Dorney, 2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion, prefers math and scores well in math competitions. Photo courtesy of the Venture School.
|Eighth grader Evan O’Dorney won the Scripps National Spelling Bee last night. In the final round he correctly spelled “serrefine” (a small forceps for clamping a blood vessel). However, he admitted on national television that he really prefers math and music. Evan, taught at home through the Venture School of San Ramon CA, has already covered some college and graduate level math and physics, including differential and integral calculus, tensor analysis, and dynamic systems, and he reportedly prefers theoretical math. This year he began attending the Berkeley Math Circle, and has earned a perfect score in the American Mathematics Competition for 10th grade, the American Invitational Mathematics Examination, and the Bay Area Math Olympiad, and he was a multiple-year top scorer in the Sandia Go Figure Mathematical Challenge. For now, however, Evan has won US$45,000 as the 2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion. [Item posted 6/1/07]|