Akash is through

The microphone has another fan, and from someone who's seen a microphone or two in his day.

"I like this mic. Hello," said Akash Vukoti, speller 527.

Akash, in his third Bee, is still only nine years old. The Texas fourth grader was here in 2016 and 2018.


You may also know him from Dancing with the Stars: Junior and Little Big Shots.

He spelled "ranunculus" correctly. It's any plant of a large and widely distributed genus of herbs that have simple or variously lobed leaves and mostly yellow flowers.

Akash took his time, starting over, but got the word right before the time ran out.