Pavani Chittemsetty Earns Return Trip to National Finals

Pavani Chittemsetty, a sixth-grader at Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy in Bentonville, won the Arkansas State Spelling Bee, topping 54 other students from across the state. Pavani won by correctly spelling "laterigrade." She also won the Arkansas spelling bee in 2016. This is her fourth time winning her county spelling bee. 

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Elizabeth Muller Makes Return Trip to DC

Elizabeth Muller, an eighth-grader from Cape Hatteras Secondary School in North Carolina, is ready to pack her bags and head north again for another chance at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Elizabeth spelled "silica" correctly to win the 26th annual Downeast Regional Spelling Bee. She will try to improve upon her 2017 national finals performance where she tied for 41st place. 

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Alexandria Ciurlino Stays Focused to Win Again in NJ

After 38 rounds of nonstop spelling, Alexandria Ciurlino, an eighth-grader at St. Vincent de Paul Regional School in Mays Landing, New Jersey, won the South Jersey Regional Spelling Bee for the second year in a row. She defended her title with the winning word, “lipsync.” She said the national finals are stressful, but "the key is to not let it get to you and just have fun."

Photo credit: Lauren Carroll, Press of Atlantic City

Daniela Danilova Visualizes her Way to Winning

Daniela Danilova, an eighth-grader from Lee Burneson Middle School in Westlake, Ohio, has a renewed love for spelling this year. Her obsession with words helped her win the Cuyahoga County Spelling Bee. In the 23rd round, she spelled "barukhzy" to win. English is not Daniela's first language. Her family moved to Ohio from Russia when she was 6 years old.  

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Grace McKeegan Earns a Return Trip to National Finals

Grace McKeegan, a homeschooled eighth-grader from Steubenville, Ohio, is heading back to the nation's capital after winning the Jefferson-Harrison County Regional Spelling Bee. She correctly spelled "infraorder" to hold on to her title. In addition to reviewing the word lists for the competition, she also made a habit of writing down unfamiliar words while reading. 

Photo credit: Kristen Tuell, WTOV9

Aashi Mishra is Spectacular in NJ

Aashi Mishra, a seventh-grader from Valley View School in Watchung, New Jersey, put on quite a show of spelling prowess at the 2018 Bee Spectacular at the Somerset County Vocational and Technical School. A total of 60 students from the county, representing dozens of schools, participated.

Photo credit: Somerset County Library System