Danville Express

Newsfront - June 8, 2007

Danville speller is c-h-a-m-p-i-o-n

Danville resident Evan O'Dorney, 13, emerged the champion from the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals in Washington, D.C., last Thursday after correctly spelled "serrefine." It was his third appearance at the finals.

Downtown Danville was crowded with news agencies and cameras Friday morning to see the town that spawned the talented young man. Channel 2 newscasters interrupted Mayor Mike Shimansky's first Friday coffee at Father Nature's to ask for a statement.

"We're extremely proud," said Shimansky, who noted that he'd watched the spelling bee on television. "I couldn't even pronounce the words he spelled. I think he'll represent the town extremely well."

The Town of Danville will present O'Dorney with a proclamation upon his return, probably in July, Shimansky said. Plus, he hopes to "show him off" in Danville's Fourth of July Parade.

O'Dorney is homeschooled by his mother Jennifer through Venture School, and she and his father Michael, a BART operator, were in attendance. This was Evan's last chance to win the Bee, which is for students grades 6-8.

The 80th annual spelling bee was televised, giving friends and other Danville residents a chance to follow along, word by word as the young spellers took the podium. A serrefine is "small spring forceps used for approximating the edges of a wound or for temporarily closing an artery during an operation."


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