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Spelling bee blues: From 'I totally know it!' to 'What!?'

By Mariano Castillo, CNN
updated 7:43 AM EDT, Mon June 2, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Jacob Williamson captured hearts with his enthusiastic performance
  • Williamson said, "I totally know it," before misspelling final word
  • Video has become Internet sensation

(CNN) -- Jacob Williamson captured our h-e-a-r-t-s at the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals this week in Maryland.

The 15-year-old was confident, enthusiastic and wore his emotions on his sleeve -- the perfect ingredients for a viral video.

"I know it! I know it! I totally know it!" he said when he was given the word "kabaragoya" (a large lizard native to Asia).

His excitement made viewers smile -- and then cringe when he misspelled the word with a C instead of a K.

His reaction to learning his mistake was a stunned, "What!?"

Ansun Sujoe, left, and Sriram Hathwar became co-champions of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition Sujoe spelled the word "feuilleton" and Hathwar spelled the word "stichomythia." They both spelled their words correctly as they exhausted the words on the bee's list, becoming the first co-champions since 1962. Ansun Sujoe, left, and Sriram Hathwar became co-champions of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition Sujoe spelled the word "feuilleton" and Hathwar spelled the word "stichomythia." They both spelled their words correctly as they exhausted the words on the bee's list, becoming the first co-champions since 1962.
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The video of his final mistake has made Williamson an Internet sensation. One website even set his ordeal to rap music.

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