When dozens of friends hang out to watch ESPN, there’s usually some serious hardcore sports action going on. Well, The Scripps National Spelling Bee in Maryland has a buzz of its own.
Lamar Middle School student, Lokesh Nagineni, went out for the big W-I-N.
“I’ve seen Lokesh studying the dictionary,” Teacher and Librarian Collen Graves said. “I’m not surprised to see him up there.”
His classmates cheered him on all the way from T-E-X-A-S.
“We have F-A-I-T-H in Y-O-U,” they cheered.
“Apparently, I have a college-level vocabulary, and I`ve never even heard some of those words,” 8th grader Dillon Morrison said.
Students spelled words like epixylous, hermeneutics, and xerophthalmia. Yeah – can you do that? It’s difficult just pronouncing those words, let alone spelling them!
Tension was high in the library. “I really felt pretty nervous,” 8th grader and competitor Sampath Mukkavilli said.
“Considering it was taking so long, it was pretty suspenseful,” Morrison added.
When Nagineni spelled “frison” correctly, his classmates were in awe.
“How’d he even get that, I don’t even know what that word is, and I was just amazed,” classmate Joseph Kang said with amazement.
“I’m just proud, because I knew he’d get it right because he’s a hard worker,” 8th grader Micah Thornley said.
Yet, even with the promising start, Nagineni didn’t make it to the finals. Apparently, the kids have to pass a series of computerized tests before the bee. Sounds like he was R-O-B-B-E-D.