Spelling bee loser wins hearts and the Internet

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NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - MAY 29: Speller Jacob Daniel Williamson of Cape Coral, Florida, reacts after he correctly spelled his word during round five of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition May 29, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland. Forty-six spellers have advanced to the semifinals to compete for the top honor in the annual spelling contest. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)


by Cassidy Quinn, KGW Staff

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Posted on May 30, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 6 at 10:33 AM

The winners (yes, there were two of them this year!) of the Scripps National Spelling Bee were decided Thursday night, but it’s a 15-year-old who didn’t win that’s buzzing on social media.

Jacob Williamson competed in the semi-finals. He's an eighth grader from Cape Coral, Florida, and he even moved on as one of the 12 spellers to make it to the finals, before being eliminated.

Photos: Faces from the 2014 National Spelling Bee

But more notable than Williamson’s spelling was his excitement throughout the competition. If watching Jacob’s spelling bee moments doesn’t put a smile on your face, we don’t know what will.

Before being asked to spell “euripus” on Wednesday, he told the judges, “Please give me a word I know.” And when the judges did so, he shouted “I know it! Greek, right?”

When he spelled “euripus” correctly, he screamed with excitement, and walked away from the microphone. This immediately got the Twittersphere’s attention.

The word he got eliminated on was “kabaragoya,” and he screamed, “I know it!” before, sadly, getting it wrong.

Naturally, people on Twitter were sad that Williamson was out of the competition.

Deadspin even turned the video of Williamson’s misspelling into a rap video, extending Williamson's 15 minutes of fame.

Williamson said he will “remember this always,” in an interview with ESPN after his loss.

Jacob Williamson, you might not have won the national trophy, but you definitely won our hearts. And the Internet.