And he was the eventual winner. G-U-E-R-D-O-N, Guerdon FTW.
If you have no idea why anybody would ever be interested in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, you really have to go out and rent or Netflix the movie Spellbound. It's a 2002 documentary about eight competitors in the 1999 Spelling Bee and it's fascinating. It made me take a second look at everything about the Bee and I've been interested in it ever since.