Belated congrats to Kavya Shivashankar, winner of the 2009 National Spelling Bee— and, for that matter, to everyone else who made it into the Bee, as that alone is a major achievement. You all definitely weren't Laodicean about spelling, that's for sure!
And since I forgot to post this after the 2008 bee, extremely belated congrats to Sameer Mishra for winning a great guerdon in that year's bee.
Edited to add: Oh, yeah, I forgot! Special thanks to the Spelling Bee staff for throwing in "blancmange" as a word this year. As a fan of Monty Python's Science Fiction Sketch, I salute you; indeed, I even suggested the word on my blog three years ago.