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Georgia Student Advances in National Spelling Bee

How did Georgia's two competitors fare in the first two rounds of the National Spelling Bee? Look for live coverage this week on ESPN channels.

Sumedh S. Garimella, Georgia Association of Educators, an eighth-grader at Richard Hull Middle School in Duluth. Credit: Scripps National Spelling Be
Sumedh S. Garimella, Georgia Association of Educators, an eighth-grader at Richard Hull Middle School in Duluth. Credit: Scripps National Spelling Be

Following Wednesday’s rounds at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, 257 words such as philhellenism, hoomalimali, and pfeffernuss have been correctly spelled and contestants will be moving on to round 3.

Georgia’s two super-spellers competed on Wednesday and their sponsors are Charles Sirui LiThe Augusta Chronicle, a fifth-grader at Stevens Creek Elementary School in Martinez; and Sumedh S. Garimella, Georgia Association of Educators, an eighth-grader at Richard Hull Middle School in Duluth.

In the morning round Li spelled "jacamar" correctly, while Garimella had no trouble with "perennial. During the Wednesday afternoon round, Garimella breezed through "spelunker" and moved on to Thursday's semifinals.

According to a previous Patch story, students are competing from eight countries: the Bahamas, Canada, China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, South Korea, and the United States -- represented by students from the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Department of Defense Schools in Europe.

ESPN along with all of its sister channels is providing coverage of the Bee.

The schedule is:

· Semifinals on Thursday, May 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. ESPN2 will broadcast the announcement of championship finalists immediately following the conclusion of Round Six (watch live; play along).

Championship Finals broadcast live on ESPN on Thursday, May 29 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDT (watch live; play along).

Here’s what the super-spellers are competing for:

  • From Scripps, a $30,000 cash prize and the Scripps National Spelling Bee engraved trophy

  • From Merriam-Webster, a $2,500 U.S. savings bond and a complete reference library

  • From Encyclopædia Britannica, $1,200 of reference works including the Britannica Global Edition, 1768 Encyclopædia Britannica Replica Set Deluxe Edition, 3-year membership to Britannica Online Premium and Britannica World Atlas

Lone Stranger May 29, 2014 at 03:15 PM
Well these kids are going to be running the country so you better get used to it. White and black kids are too darn busy ripping each other off, shooting up the place, gang banging and being lazy.
Al R. May 31, 2014 at 03:49 AM
This comment is very unfair to white and black kids. There are many, many hard-working white and black kids out there. Besides, kids who win spelling bees aren't necessarily the same ones who run companies and governments--that's far more about people skills. Actually, I feel sorry for a lot of these kids who make it to the National Spelling Bee. Are they participating just because they find it fun, or because their parents are forcing them to spend hours and hours for years memorizing words they'll never use in real life (and depriving them of a normal childhood in the process)?? The kids themselves are wonderful, and I wish them all the best, but I have to question the "drill sergeant" parenting that usually seems to be behind all these contests. I had a good friend in college who was born in India. Both she and her sister became valedictorians at their U.S. high school, but their parents were pushing them hard every step of the way. Her mother (who was abusive) controlled her like a 6-year-old, even when she was in college. She had to call her mother every night around 9 p.m., she couldn't date, etc. Because of all the parental pressure, though, she did very poorly on the MCAT, and never was able to become a doctor like she had dreamed. Even sadder, my friend became a very bitter person and basically ended up just like her mother. Anyway, my point is that behind many of these high-achieving youngsters are pushy, abusive parents, and I'm very concerned about the emotional well-being of these fine kids.
Lone Stranger June 02, 2014 at 01:47 PM
Hey Al. Let me set you straight. White and black kids should be head and shoulders above these kids but they are all too lazy, spoiled, or just plain stupid to get to work. This is by and large a direct reflection on their parents who are all a bunch of candy a$$es who never worked a day in their lives and are all worthless and weak. Sorry pal but its time for straight talk and any white kid or black kid whining is just a big waste.
Lone Stranger June 02, 2014 at 01:48 PM
Gee Al. I suppose you want to powder these little peoples behinds? Please get out of your mothers basement and start paying your own bills. Parenting in this country is a joke.

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