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By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
Topic - Sukanya Roy
It went on and on and on. Five spellers who seemingly had memorized the entire dictionary simply could not be stumped with any word tossed their way. It was getting late, way past bedtime and well beyond the time slot allotted by ESPN for its telecast.
It's what makes the spelling bee such gripping drama. Five competitors were left, and it appeared none of them would ever miss again.
The personalities of the 41 semifinalists Thursday in this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee were rivaled only by the range of words they faced to be the one holding the gleaming champion's trophy at the end of the night.
"My heart started pounding, I couldn't believe it," Sukanya said, her skinny frame shaking with excitement and adrenaline as she clutched her champion trophy. "I just wanted to make sure I spelled it right. I really didn't want to get it wrong. It's just amazing and it's hard to put it into words."
An only child, Sukanya said she hadn't given much thought to the $30,000 prize money because she took it "round by round to see how far I got.