Southern California LE - Southern California girl wins National Spelling Bee
Local students were sent to Maryland to compete with hundreds over in the National Spelling Bee.
A number of Southern California students have joined hundreds in Maryland to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
This year's Spelling Bee saw many amazing students who are full of potential and quite a bit of knowledge.
The local spellers include:
Shruti Amin, 14, from Thompson Middle School in Murrieta
Isabel J. Cholbi, 10, from Kimbark Elementary School in San Bernardino
Justin K. Chuang, 13, from Chaparral Middle School in Diamond Bar
Nickan Fayyazi, 12, from Portola Highly Gifted Magnet Center in Tarzana
Sam Nitz, 13, from the Pegasus School in Huntington Beach
Brian Jeffers, 13, from Las Colinas Middle School in Camarillo
Alex Howe, 9, from the Academy of Performing Arts and Foreign Language in Victorville
Lerick B. Gordon, 12, from Fort Irwin Middle School in Fort Irwin
A total of 16 spellers from California were sent to the national contest, which will continue with the semifinals on Thursday morning and the championship finals on Thursday evening. Although the majority of the competition consisted of middle school students, there has been one gifted speller that is just 6 years old.
Lori Anne Madison, a 2nd grade Virginia student, is the youngest ever competitor in the history of the Spelling Bee. However, she did not take the crown for this year's Bee. The prize goes to a 14-year-old from San Diego.
Snigdha Nandipati, 14, aced the word "guetapens,\" which is a French-derived word that means an ambush or a trap, to beat eight other finalists and claim the trophy, as well as the cash prize.
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