The first upset

Rutvik Gandhasri, speller 189, is out.

The California eighth grader finished sixth last year, in his first Bee.


This year, he was tripped up by the word auteur, a film director who holds the view of filmmaking in which the director is considered the primary creative force in a motion picture.

Rutvik had invented a robot that mops the table, and recognizes when it gets to the edge.

He got a standing ovation as he left the stage.