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Video: Oklahoma boy dodges mom’s kiss after finishing 3rd in National Spelling Bee

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NORMAN, Okla. – A 14-year-old boy from Oklahoma finished third in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Cole Shafer-Ray, an eighth-grader at Alcott Middle School made it through nine rounds before being knocked out in the 10th round.

He misspelled the word “acritarch” by one letter, spelling it “acrotarch.”

Cole took to Twitter to claim Jacques Bailly, the contest’s official pronouncer, pronounced the word wrong.

Cole received a lot of attention on social media during the Bee.

One ESPN reporter tweeted about Cole’s “bee inspired” kicks by Under Armour, prompting Under Armour to retweet the image.

And when Cole’s mom went to give him a kiss on the cheek after being eliminated, he did what any 14-year-old boy would do and tried to dodge her.

Cole also received some attention for changing one of the staples of the Spelling Bee.

Many contestants are seen tracing the letters on the back of their name tags, but Cole changed it up a bit.

He proved what a true millennial he is by mimicking typing the words as he spelled.

This was Cole’s third and final appearance in the Bee.

 

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