‘I know it!’ National spelling bee contestant advances to finals

Photo: CNN/ESPN2
Photo: CNN/ESPN2

National Harbor, MD (CNN/ESPN2) — Students from across the country are competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md.

While the competition can be tense, there are moments of absolute joy.

Fifteen-year-old Jacob Williamson appeared absolutely giddy when he received his word during the semi-finals Thursday.

“Hi Dr. Bailey, please give me a word I know,” he said.

Turns out, Williamson did know his word, euripus, and how to spell it. The eighth-grader from Cape Coral, Fla. left the microphone with a joyous squeal.

Williamson moved on to the finals, which took place later Thursday, but didn’t win.

That honor went to 13-year-old Ansun Sujoe and 14-year-old Sriram Hathwar, the spelling bee’s first co-champions since 1962 and the fourth since its beginning in 1925.

But it appears many consider Williamson a winner in his own right — he’s already gained a following of fans on Twitter and Facebook.

Ansun Sujoe, 13, left, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Sriram Hathwar, 14, of Painted Post, N.Y. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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