We see all kinds of pressure in sports. The hitter with a runner at third, two down and a one run deficit in the ninth. The quarterback who gets the ball at his own eight yard line with 2:52 to go, trailing the Super Bowl by four. The goaltender in a Stanley Cup Playoff overtime game.
But can any of that match the pressure that thirteen-year-old Kavya Shivashankar faced Thursday in the National Spelling Bee?
Think about that for a second. You’re 13 years old, know you’re on national TV, and you have to spell the word Laodicean to claim the title of the nation’s top speller.
Kavya pulled it off, getting the trophy and the scholarship. Congrats to her. Not only did she win, but she probably won’t face that kind of pressure again, either. Until next year at this time.