From 2017 | Gwinnett student wins Georgia Spelling Bee; runner-up from Cobb
Here was the play-by-play at the end: Clara Padgett, a student from Columbia County, misspelled “alcalde” — which, of course, we all know is the chief administrative and judicial officer/mayor of a town in a Spanish-speaking region — in the 17th round. Then Arushi, who had to correctly spell two words in a row to win, got “hedebo” — if you’ve been living under a rock, that’s a word of Danish origin meaning “an embroidery characterized by drawn work and decorative stitching” — and she aced it.
Arushi then successfully sliced into “andouille,” a spiced pork sausage popular in Creole cuisine. After a big sigh amid the applause, she put her hands over her mouth and quickly acknowledged her competitor then struggled to hide her smile, as seen on a YouTube video posted by GAE.
Arushi was given an all-expense-paid trip to the championship in National Harbor, Maryland along with the following: an iPad Pro, a $50 Visa gift card, a Kindle, a one-year online subscription to the Encyclopedia Britannica Premium, a $100 U.S. Savings Bond.
The national Scripps championship will be May 28 to 30 on ESPN. She said being on television is a new challenge. “I still have stage fright, and being on TV is worse.” Her plan? “I breathe in, I try to stay calm.”
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Karthik Nemmani won the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday, correctly spelling the word â€œkoinoniaâ€ to win the title and take home $40,000. Nemmani, a 14-year-old from Texas, defeated a field of more than 515 spellers, aged 8 to 15, hailing from across the United States and eight other countries.