Stuti Mishra smiled in triumph. The Floridian had just been declared the 2011 North South Foundation (NSF) Senior Spelling Bee champion after having remained the only speller to have spelled her word correctly in Round 6 of the final phase. The word that Stuti orthographized to secure her win was ‘feretory’, a place for keeping an ornate coffin for the relics of a saint. Now, she stood beaming with a victory smile as everyone swarmed around her to congratulate her.
The Finals are just about to start!!
The finalists are 13 strong contenders:
Speller No. 24, Laura Newcombe
Speller No. 25, Veronica Penny
Speller No. 29, Dhivya Senthil Murugan
Speller No. 98, Lily Jordan
Speller No. 141, Dakota Jones
Speller No. 151, Nabeel Rahman
Speller No. 152, Sriram Hathwar
Speller No. 157, Arvind Mahankali
Speller No. 168, Prakash Mishra
Speller No. 206, Joanna Ye
Speller No. 214, Sukanya Roy
Speller No. 237, Mashad Arora
Speller No. 264, Samuel Estep
Round 5 begins with 35 spellers.
Unfortunately, the first speller of the round, Snigdha Nandipati misspelled her word kerystic after substituting an ‘i’ for the ‘y’. Again Laura and Veronica cruised through their words theopneustic and arbustum, with Veronica taking her time as usual to ensure that she gets the word right.
For the first time after six years, we are not watching the National Spelling Bee live. All of the regional spelling champions are buzzing in National Harbor this Memorial Day week for this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee.
…many other qualities could be witnessed at the recently concluded 2011 Masti Spelling Bee. It was a sheer display of talent from kids no older than 10 – some of them were even as young as 5 years old! But age did not seem to make any difference at this spelling bee, where the kids prevailed over the difficult words, at least words which I personally perceive as difficult, that were continuously thrown at them. Like in any other spelling bee, there was the ubiquitous drama, controversies, and stories of valor and determination. It was all well worth our trip to Virginia, where the bee was held on Saturday, May 7th.
We have had quite a few posts since we launched this site back in January of this year and we hope that the readers are enjoying them, while also learning a thing or two about spelling bees. The blog team has attempted to convey positive messages to the spellers in all of the posts and we want to keep it that way.