Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

West Lafayette's Jashun Palaru ties for 3rd in Scripps Spelling Bee

West Lafayette's Jashun Palaru ties for 3rd in Scripps Spelling Bee

While Yeshlur mastered cholent, he sadly did not move on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals, which are slated to be held on Thursday night. Karthik added that as soon as he heard the pronouncer say the word "koinonia", he knew he was going to win.

It has seven letters, its comes from Yiddish and it was a question at the Scripps National Spelling Bee semifinals this week in Maryland.

Akash participated in the bee thanks to a new rule known as "RSVBee", which opens up the competition to those who did not win in a regional or state bee.

Karthik Nemmani, 14, of McKinney, Texas won the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday.

Knowing this, it's still surprising to see that the most searched "how to spell" word in the U.S. is the word "beautiful". "She deserved the trophy as much as I did", Karthik said of Naysa.

After receiving his trophy on stage, the eighth-grader said he felt "really happy".

Runner-up Naysa Modi, 12, from Frisco, Texas, was eliminated from the final round after she misspelled the word "bewusstseinslage", meaning a state of consciousness or a feeling devoid of sensory components, according to Merriam-Webster. She beat Nemmani at their county spelling bee this year, but he got into nationals as a wild card.

Another Indian-American, Atman Balakrishnan, the 12-year-old son of 1985 champion Balu Natarajan, did not advance to the finals. "I wanted to watch", he said with a laugh.

He said he wasn't overly disappointed by not making it to the finals.

After her defeat, she was swarmed by dozens of current and former spellers who wished her well, smiling throughout.

"She's a really, really good speller".

She said she struggled with the "ae" because that's not normally seen in German. Those spellers remained ideal for a round before Navneeth Murali, 12, of Edison, N.J., spelled incorrectly "gelinotte".

Delmarva had two local spellers make it as far as round three: Ava Camille Bautista from Wicomico Middle School and James Gordy from Somerset Intermediate School.

A record-shattering 516 spellers qualified - compared to 291 the year before.

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