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.