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Florida teen Dev Shah wins 95th Scripps
National Spelling Bee

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Posted By: Dreadnought, 6/2/2023 12:11:35 AM

The Scripps National Spelling Bee has a new champion: 14-year-old Dev Shah of Largo, Florida. The teen beat out his final opponent, eighth-grader Charlotte Walsh of Arlington, Virginia, by correctly spelling the word, "psammophile," which is defined by Merriam-Webster as "an organism that prefers or thrives in sandy soils or areas." "It's surreal," Shah said after being announced the champion. "I don't know if it's settled in. My legs are still shaking!" Prior to Shah's final turn at the mic, Walsh misspelled the word "daviely," making space for Shah to swoop in and take the victory.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: DVC 6/2/2023 12:36:57 AM (No. 1482739)
Indian kids study hard. Well done, young man, well done.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Catherine 6/2/2023 1:12:39 AM (No. 1482754)
Good for him. He looks so happy.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden 6/2/2023 1:29:28 AM (No. 1482756)
Is Classical Education returning? Yes… prayerfully consider if you want your children to thrive or your closest Classical curriculum school, [yes, Latin and Greek] TBIYTC
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Jesse Jenkem 6/2/2023 3:01:09 AM (No. 1482783)
Spelling was something I was never good at, in fact is so atrocious, that spellchecker often can't even figure out what word I'm trying to spell. LOL
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Reply 5 - Posted by: konocti95 6/2/2023 4:55:23 AM (No. 1482804)
FTA: "Shah had to spell a total of 15 words in Thursday's competition..." Fifteen words! I can spell fifteen words...just not those words. Tip of the hat to Dev, his parents and family.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: udanja99 6/2/2023 9:41:19 AM (No. 1482974)
I just looked up the list of winners dating back to the very first Bee and, since the late 90’s, the vast majority have been of East Indian descent or Asian. No surprise.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Faithfully 6/2/2023 6:31:18 PM (No. 1483215)
Years ago at a parent/teacher night I asked my son's teacher why there was not more emphasis on spelling. He said, that in the future (this was before personal computers) computers would correct all spelling.
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