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    Organization: Georgia Association of Educators     Date: 5/27/2018


  Gwinnett speller falls short of finals at Scripps National Spelling Bee  

(Friday,06/02/2017 ©  Gwinnett Daily Post)

Georgias spelling bee champion from Gwinnett made it to the third round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but a combined score of a written test and oral spelling fell short of getting him to the finals on Thursday.

Abhi Kapaganty, who recently finished fifth grade at Suwanees Burnette Elementary, spelled hypallage and arguendo correctly earlier in the week. But he didnt score high enough with those words and a written test to advance to be among the top 40 finalists.

Hypallage is a transposition of the natural relations of two elements in a proposition, while arguendo is Latin and means for the sake of argument.

The overall experience has been great for him, got to meet and learn for other participants, he is now more determined to better next year with more studying, his father, Srinivas Kapaganty, told the Daily Post.

In March, Abhi won the 56th annual Georgia Association of Educators State Spelling Bee after 23 rounds by spelling such words as schipperke a small Belgian breed of dog and eventually won with wedel pronounced with a v sound a skiing term.

Abhi received an all-expenses-paid trip to the national championships outside of Washington, $1,000, an iPad mini, a $100 Amazon gift card, a Kindle, a Merriam-Webster dictionary, a one-year online subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica and a $100 U.S. savings bond.