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Spelling Bee

11 Year Old From Texas Makes It To The Final Spelling Bee Round

The championship finals air Thursday night.

Nihar Janga
Nihar Janga, is a fifth grader at River Ridge Elementary in Leander ISD near the Austin area.

After the first part of the finals, ten spellers are left in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Shourav Dasar and Nihar Janga are the co-champions of the 2016 Houston Public Media Spelling Bee and they both made it to the national final round.

Shourav Dasari is a seventh grader at McCullough Jr. High in Conroe ISD. In Round 7 Dasari was eliminated after he missed the word “campagnol.” He tied for 11th place.

Shourav Dasari
Shourav Dasari tied for 11th place.

Nihar Janga, is a fifth grader at River Ridge Elementary in Leander ISD near the Austin area. He is the only 5th grader left in the competition.

He also is one of the two 11-year-old’s to make the top 10.

Janga was the only speller to make a perfect score on the written test.

This is his first time at nationals. To put that in perspective, the last time a first-timer won was 14 years ago. But if Nihar wins, he will be the youngest champion on record.

The championship finals air live on ESPN Thursday at 7 p.m. The winner gets more than $45,000 in cash and prizes.

 

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