In case you are wondering, the picture above is of Jacob Meggesto. He's 13 years old and attends Soule Road Middle School in Liverpool, New York. As the Syracuse Post-Standard's submission to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, he pretty much embodied the City of Syracuse's only chance at a non-Lemoyne national championship this year.
And of course he lost.
Just like every competitor that advanced to yesterday's rounds, Jacob sat for the written examination in the morning and moved on to the second round for an oral examination. In the second round, Jacob correctly spelled the word "flimflam," thus cementing his place in history as the first speller to correctly spell vocabulary frequently featured by Yosemite Sam.
Jacob, however, did not sufficiently pass the written examination, which makes perfect sense when you remember what daily rag was sponsoring his appearance.
So, Jacob, we at Orange:44 salute you for keeping up Syracuse's recent trend of failing in the face of adversity. It's not that you're not intelligent (hell, I have two degrees and didn't even know half of the words existed that appeared on the written multiple choice exam), it's just that you have the stink of losing attached to your being due to your parent's choice of suburban residence.
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