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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 students competed at the 2018 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee. (Photo Credit: Houston Public Media)
    51 students competed at the 2018 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee. (Photo Credit: Houston Public Media)
  • Spelling Bee judge Chatwara Duran and pronouncer Lauren Zentz have a light moment during the competition.  (Photo Credit: Craig Hartley/Houston Public Media)
    Spelling Bee judge Chatwara Duran and pronouncer Lauren Zentz have a light moment during the competition. (Photo Credit: Craig Hartley/Houston Public Media)
  • Speller number 3, Adam Latta, at the mic. (Photo Credit: Craig Hartley/Houston Public Media)
    Speller number 3, Adam Latta, at the mic. (Photo Credit: Craig Hartley/Houston Public Media)
  • Speller number 39, Shaun Israni, stands at the mic during the final rounds. (Photo Credit: Craig Hartley/Houston Public Media)
    Speller number 39, Shaun Israni, stands at the mic during the final rounds. (Photo Credit: Craig Hartley/Houston Public Media)
  • Lisa Adolph, speller number 21, poses before the Bee.
    Lisa Adolph, speller number 21, poses before the Bee.
  • Benjamin Chen stands at the mic during the finals. He goes on to become the bee's runner-up. (Photo Credit: Craig Hartley/Houston Public Media)
    Benjamin Chen stands at the mic during the finals. He goes on to become the bee's runner-up. (Photo Credit: Craig Hartley/Houston Public Media)
  • Spelling Bee host Ernie Manouse chats with Pranav Chemudupaty after winning the championship. (Photo Credit: Craig Hartley/Houston Public Media)
    Spelling Bee host Ernie Manouse chats with Pranav Chemudupaty after winning the championship. (Photo Credit: Craig Hartley/Houston Public Media)
  • 2018 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee champion Pranav Chemudupaty and runner up Benjamin Chen pose with three-time spelling champ Anjay Ajodha, and Houston Public Media's Ernie Manouse and Lisa Shumate. (Photo Credit: Craig Hartley/Houston Public Media)
    2018 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee champion Pranav Chemudupaty and runner up Benjamin Chen pose with three-time spelling champ Anjay Ajodha, and Houston Public Media's Ernie Manouse and Lisa Shumate. (Photo Credit: Craig Hartley/Houston Public Media)

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.

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