Spelling Bee

SLIDESHOW: Pranav Chemudupaty, Benjamin Chen Claim Top Spots At 2018 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee

The top prize went to eighth grader Pranav Chemudupaty.

51 spellers competed at the 2018 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee on April 7th.

After five rounds and a series of championship rounds, the top prize went to Pranav Chemudupaty. The Nolan Ryan Jr. High eighth grader won the championship by correctly spelling the word “Oxyacetylene.” He has followed in the footsteps of his brother, Aditya Chemudupaty, who won the same bee in 2009 and 2010.

Pranav and runner-up Benjamin Chen will go on to compete at Scripps National Spelling Bee this May. 

Watch the 2018 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee finals on Saturday, April 14 at 3:30pm on Houston Public Media TV 8.


Tomeka Weatherspoon

Tomeka Weatherspoon

Senior Producer

Tomeka Weatherspoon is an Emmy-award winning producer. She produces segments, the weekly television program Arts InSight, the short film showcase The Territory and a forthcoming digital series on innovation. Originally from the Midwest, Tomeka studied convergence journalism from the world’s first journalism school at the University of Missouri. She has...

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