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Marvin Ridge Middle student wins regional spelling bee

Marvin Ridge Middle seventh grader Prakash Mishra,12, waits patiently for his turn during the 56th annual Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee, a competition he later wins.

A Marvin Ridge Middle seventh grader will be heading for Washington, DC, this summer to compete in the national spelling bee after winning the regional competition.
By correctly spelling the word “echelon,” Prakash Mishra, 12, won the 56th annual Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee on March 15, 2009, beating 27 other students.
Prakash described his feelings as “blissful” upon realizing he had won the regional competition. “In my head I was wondering if I was dreaming because the feeling was quite angelic and I loved it, for lack of a better word to describe it,” he said.
Prakash took the Union County top speller title January 21, 2010, by correctly spelling the word “fastidious,” an adjective from the Latin word fastidiosus, which means to be very attentive to and concerned about accuracy and detail.
Fastidious is a good word to use to describe how Prakash studies for these spelling bees. And apparently being fastidious has paid off.
For winning the regional competition, he will receive a copy of Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, courtesy of Merriam-Webster, and a $100 savings bond. Encyclopedia Britannica also has given the three top finishers a one-year subscription to their web site.
The next step for Prakash is to compete at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in June in Washington D.C. “I am nervous beyond my wildest imaginings,” he said. “Winning the national competition is the angel under the bed, and I have pulled off the sheets and now I must shove away the mattress. Even though I am excited to be on the Scripps stage, I am nervous, as I am a ‘newbie’ in the field of spelling, though not linguistics.”
To prepare for the national competition, Prakash said he has a good strategy. “I will find words and dissect them to their very core. The key to winning, in my opinion, is finding the patterns in the words because it is virtually impossible to know the dictionary (though it would be nice if I could). I want to at least have seen the words that I receive in the Bee, and my biggest fear is getting a word that TOTALLY stumps me.”
For further information about this regional competition, go to The Charlotte Observer web site
Prakash is the son of Sanjay and Maitriyee Mishra who make their home in Marvin.

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Mar 24, 2010 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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