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Houston Student Reaches Championship Round In National Spelling Bee

Another Houston student missed the championship round by one word in her third time at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.


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Siddharth Krishnakumar #238 will compete in the championship round. Click the arrows on the side to view the three photos. Picture courtesy of @ScrippsBee

Texas has been well represented in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Five students from the Lone Star State reached the semifinals.

That includes the top two spellers from Greater Houston.

After the semifinals test, Shobha Dasari, an eighth grader in The Woodlands, was ranked number two. That’s out of almost 50 spellers.

With three years at the national bee, Shobha was calm and collected under the bright TV lights.

Then she drew this word: siderism.

“Siderism – May I have the language of origin?” she asked the pronouncer.

“It came from Greek to Latin to English,” he replied.

Shobha asked more questions, but she ended up missing the word.

As she left the stage, other spellers stood up and clapped.

“What a great speller she’s been,” said the ESPN commentator. “She deserves the standing ovation her fellow spellers are giving her now.”

“I definitely learned about how to work hard and stay dedicated to something that I’m really focused on and really want to achieve,” Shobha said in an ESPN interview. “Even if I didn’t do as well as I wanted to, I still learned a lot from this experience.”

Another speller from Greater Houston will compete in the championship round.

Siddharth Krishnakumar is a seventh grader from Pearland where his best subject is math.

He nailed this word to secure his spot: respue.

“Great guess, great relief, great new face in the finals tonight,” said the ESPN announcer.

In an interview from Washington, D.C., Siddharth said that getting to the championship round meant all his hard work paid off.

“I was really happy. I was pretty surprised so I just wanted to make sure I got the two words right in the morning and I did,” he said about the semifinal competition.

The championship for the National Spelling Bee will be broadcast on ESPN starting at 7 p.m.


Spelling Bee Tweets about Siddharth Krishnakumar 

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