Something that only one boy can earn or gain

U.B. VASUDEV, in Tampa, Florida, forwards a YouTube video of Sameer Mishra, the 13-year-old Indiana boy of Indian origin, who spelt guerdon—“something that one has earned or gained”—correctly to win the 2008 National Scripps Spelling Bee competition.

“Sameer provided a lot of comic relief during the competition with his one-liners and was the crowd favorite.  The runner-up was another Indian kid, Siddharth Chand from Michigan.”

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