Speller No. 239, Syamantak Payra

Houston Public Media, Houston, Texas


Eighth Grade




Westbrook Intermediate School, Friendswood, Texas


Syamantak is an accomplished violinist, playing in his school's chamber orchestra and earning a superior plus rating the last three consecutive years at the Gold Cup Music Competition organized by the Texas Federation of Music Clubs. He placed ninth at the 2014 chapter Mathcounts competition and scored in the top one percent in the American Mathematics Competition last November. Syamantak enjoys creative writing and has published more than a dozen poems and essays in various anthologies, magazines and books. He is competing in his second Scripps National Spelling Bee after advancing to the Championship Finals and tying for seventh place in 2013.

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