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Marvin Ridge Middle student Prakash Mishra wins 'top speller' title again

Students from 39 Union County Public Schools competed in the Jan. 19, 2011 spelling bee, held this year at Central Academy of Technology and Arts.

“Veracious” is an adjective from the Latin word verax, meaning speaking or representing the truth. Spelling it correctly, however, won the Union County Public Schools’ reigning spelling bee champion, Marvin Ridge Middle School eighth grader Prakash Mishra, the top speller title again at this year’s competition held Wednesday (January 19, 2011) at Central Academy of Technology and Arts.

“I’m excited,” Mishra said shortly after the competition. “I didn’t know what to expect. I was very nervous, but it came through for me. I had a feeling I would at least come into the top five.”

Mishra said he studies extensively before a competition – at least an hour a day and much longer on the weekends. “I’ve studied as much as I possibly could over the breaks, on those snow days,” he said. “I’ve been going through the spelling words.

Usually on the weekends and days we have off. I just barrel through the words.”
Mishra said he feels knowing how to spell correctly is important because it helps people understand languages besides the English language. “The English language pulls from other languages, and through that you kind of get to know other cultures, because if they create a word for something, it’s important to that culture,” he said. “So it’s kind of like a way of globalizing your mind.”

His parents, Sanjay and Maitriyee Mishra, who were on hand again this year for their son’s victory, said as hard as he worked, he deserved to win the title. Both parents, especially his father, work with Prakash to prepare for each competition.

“He enjoys studying,” his father, Sanjay Mishra said. “It’s in his heart. I never have to say, ‘Prakash, let’s go study.’ He does it on his own.”
Mishra will now represent UCPS at the Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee on Feb. 14, 2011, at ImaginOn in Charlotte.

The runner-up in the UCPS 2011 Spelling Bee was Hayley Growcock, a seventh grader at Piedmont Middle. Growcock will represent the school system in the event Mishra cannot attend. She made it through 22 rounds of the competition, but lost the battle on the word “transience,” an adjective meaning lasting only for a short time; as in “a transient cold spell.”

At the close of competition, Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis, congratulated all competitors. “You’re all winners,” he said. “You had to win in your class, and then you had to win your school’s spelling bee. Then you came here to represent your school. All of you represented your school and your family with dignity and pride today. I’m so impressed with the poise and grace that you showed.”

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Jan 20, 2011 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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