Spelling bee winner takes the gold with "serrefine"

Spelling bee winner takes the gold with "serrefine" »Play Video
WASHINGTON (AP) - Now that he has a spelling-bee title under his belt, Evan O'Dorney is ready to tackle another challenge in the fall: calculus.
     
The home-schooled eighth grader from Danville, California, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee last night in Washington on the word "serrefine", a noun describing small forceps.
     
Nate Gartke of Canada was runnerup.
     
Evan, who is 13, says spelling isn't even his favorite thing. He likes math because of "the way the numbers fit together" and music because he likes "to let out ideas by composing notes." Spelling, he says, "is just a bunch of memorization."
     
Evan, who tied for 14th last year, wins $35,000 cash, plus a $5,000 scholarship, a $2,500 savings bond and a set of reference works.