Dante Marinacci Also Wins for NYC

Dante Marinacci, an 11-year-old from Kinneret Day School in Bronx, New York, said a little bit of luck certainly helps when it comes to the spelling bee. The Daily News advances two spellers to the national finals, and the second day of competition was a good one for Dante. He correctly spelled "peristome" to win the title and a trip to Washington, D.C.

Photo credit: Jefferson Siegel, New York Daily News

Abhinav Palle Wins First Try in PA

In his first experience at the regional level, Abhinav Palle, a 13-year-old from Abington Heights Middle School in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, won the 34th Times Leader Spelling Bee. His winning word was "de facto." Abhinav said he has been working on his spelling by reading more books and having his parents quiz him. 

Photo credit: Amanda Hrycyna, Times Leader

Wisconsin Sends Three, Including Co-Champions

For the first time in at least 40 years, there are two Wisconsin spelling bee champions. Hanna Ghouse, an eighth-grader at KTEC-West in Kenosha, and Immanuel Goveas, a fifth-grader from Riverside Elementary School in Menomonee Falls, were crowned co-champions of the 2018 Badger State Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Wisconsin State Journal. For many years, Wisconsin has advanced the top three spellers. Runner-up Maya Jadhav, a fourth-grader at Madison’s Eagle School, will join Hanna and Immanuel at the national finals.

Photo credit: Greg Dixon, State Journal

Aaron Ehsan Goes 51 Rounds in TX Win

Aaron Ehsan, a fifth-grader at Dudley Elementary School in Victoria, Texas, is continuing the family tradition, started by his brothers, of excelling at spelling. He won the regional spelling bee in the 51st round by correctly spelling "anschluss." Aaron's oldest brother competed in the national finals in 2010. 

Photo credit: Madelynne Scales, Victoria Advocate

Co-Champions Declared in Dallas

In the Dallas Regional Spelling Bee, co-champions Naysa Modi, a seventh-grader at Reynolds Middle School, and Abhijay Kodali, a fifth-grader at Liberty Elementary School, exhausted the list of words. The Dallas Sports Commission intended to send the top two spellers to the national finals, so after 27 rounds of competition, the last two students were named co-champions. This will be the fourth appearance in the national finals for Naysa and the first for Abhijay. Naysa finished seventh in the nation in 2017. 

Photo credit: Rose Baca, The Dallas Morning News 

Sophia Roberto Puts Bee First and Wins

Sophia Roberto, a sixth-grader at the Philadelphia Academy Charter School, won the 24th annual Philadelphia Tribune Regional Spelling Bee. This was her first appearance in the regional competition. She said participating and winning takes time and dedication. She said she sacrificed other things to put the bee first, but was so happy that she won.  

Photo credit: Marissa Weekes Mason, The Philadelphia Tribune