Mark Bowen, Scripps National Spelling Bee
Surviving the first six rounds, Madison's Isabel Jacobson, 14, has advanced to the final rounds of the blogging), Jacobson tied for 14th place at last year's Scripps National Spelling Bee. This year, she is listed as Speller No. 285, yet Jacobson has outspelled all but 14 other competitors who have survived the sixth round. To follow her progress in the final rounds, tune in to the live championship broadcast scheduled for 7 p.m. on WKOW-TV, the local ABC affiliate, located at channel 7 for Madison's Charter cable subscribers.
But be prepared for edge-of-your-seat excitement: Last year's event extended into the 20th round before a champion was decided.