Sources say that Gokul Venkatachalam, speller 140, is wearing a LeBron James jersey under his dress shirt.
Gokul Venkatachalam, speller 140, askes many questions, too. Looking relaxed, he correctly spelled "scytale." to keep spelling.
Vanya Shivashankar, speller 90, asked for alternate pronunciations, the definition, the language of origin and the part of speech -- as she often does.
They helped her spell thamakau correctly. She's still in it.
Gokul Venkatachalam, speller 140, got as close as he could get to winning last year, when he finished in third place. He’s hoping to win the bee this year, but said winning isn’t everything.
"It's an honor to be on the stage with those kids because they're very, very good," said Cole Shafer-Ray, speller 200. "Obviously, I'm disappointed I didn't win, but it was a good experience."
Gokul Venkatachalam, speller 140 and a big LeBron James fan, is sporting Jordan 11 Retro "Legend Blue" shoes.
He's one of two spellers, along with Vanya Shivashankar, speller 90, to remain in the competition.
Speller 200, Cole Shafer-Ray, walked into the last gathering of spellers tonight still studying. This time, it was a list of esoteric words.
Gokul Venkatachalam, speller 140, correctly spelled "zygoneure" to stay in. His sentence:
Dr. Sietsema told me he knows so much about the movie "Frozen" that he feels like his brain has the lyrics to “Let it Go” written in every zygoneure.
Vanya Shivashankar, speller 90, spelled "cibarial" right to stay in.
“I’ve changed a lot,” said Vanya Shivashankar, speller 90, after she watched a video montage of herself growing up at the spelling bee. The 13-year-old Kansas eighth grader had been coming to the bee since her sister first competed, in 2006. Vanya was four.