By JOSEPH WHITE, Associated Press
28 May 2009
WASHINGTON – Cool and collected, Kavya Shivashankar wrote out every word on her palm and always ended with a smile. The 13-year-old Kansas girl saved the biggest smile for last, when she rattled off the letters to "Laodicean" to become the nation's spelling champion.
LaodiceanAgain: Congrats & kudos to Kavya Shivashankar!
adj.1. Of or relating to Laodicea.n.
2. Indifferent or lukewarm especially in matters of religion.A native or inhabitant of Laodicea.
La·od·i·ce·aAn ancient city of western Asia Minor in present-day western Turkey. Built by the Seleucids in the third century b.c., it was a prosperous Roman market town on the trade route from the East and an early center of Christianity.
[The Free Dictionary by Farlex]