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.
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.
Whoa! We have a squealer folks! Jacob WIlliamson spells 'euripus' - I sense an audience favorite. He shows his excitement! #spellingbee— Natalie DiBlasio (@ndiblasio) May 29, 2014
Watching the #spellingbee on ESPN in all its grandeur. My money's on Jacob.— Carb Loader (@CarlBoeder) May 29, 2014
Jacob is the most enthusiastic person ever. #spellingbee— Trevorton Thompson (@GeorgeTrev) May 29, 2014
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.
All interesting people are now out. Our only hope is that Jacob runs out of the audience yelling "I KNOW IT" #spellingbee— Jill Twiss (@jilltwiss) May 30, 2014
We have co-champs, and neither of them know how to celebrate. It's like Jacob Williamson taught them nothing. #spellingbee— Patrick Calloway (@patcalloway214) May 30, 2014
Really wish jacob was still in it #spellingbee— Robert Gluck (@Gluck96) May 30, 2014
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.