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MRMS student Prakash Mishra takes regional spelling bee title again
Marvin Ridge Middleâ€™s Prakash Mishra is the top regional speller. Heâ€™s going to nationals for the second year in a row.
Prakash won the Union County Public Schools spelling bee Jan. 19 with the winning word â€œveracious.â€ Monday, he and 27 other contestants competed in The Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee at ImaginOn.
â€œI was sitting on the edge of my seat the entire time,â€ Marvin Ridge Principal Scott Broome said. â€œIt was hard to breathe when he was up there.â€
Broome was â€œextremely excitedâ€ about Prakashâ€™s win, but â€œnot at all surprised.â€
Prakashâ€™s winning word was â€œapsidal.â€
â€œIâ€™ve seen it before,â€ he said, but wasnâ€™t sure of the exact spelling.
His parents sat in the audience and said they were nervous for their son. â€œI was more than my husband,â€ his mother, Maitri, said.
Prakashâ€™s father, Sanjay, knew how to spell the final word, but his mother was a little off. â€œI said, â€˜OK, Iâ€™m out,â€™â€ she said.
Broome called Prakash â€œmethodicalâ€ in his spelling. â€œHe knows how a language works,â€ Broome said. â€œHe always asks for the origin of the word. Based on that, he puts things together. ... I would have been out in round five.â€
Prakash practices spelling every day, even on the weekends. â€œHe works so diligently,â€ Maitri said.
Her son flips through the dictionary, finds old spelling bee lists online and researches language backgrounds.
â€œYou canâ€™t really know all the words, so you just have to know the patterns,â€ Prakash said.
This is the last year that Prakash, an eighth grader, can compete in the spelling bee. His friend from nationals wants to create one for high school students, which he hopes to compete in.
Prakash will go to Washington, D.C., May 31 to June 4 for the national spelling bee. His parents planned to surprise him with a cake Monday afternoon.
For winning the regional competition, Prakash wins an all-expense-paid trip for two to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC, a Webster's Third New International Dictionary, a $100 Savings Bond, a one-year subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica online, and the 28th edition of Valerie's Spelling Bee Supplement.
--Reprinted with permission from The Enquirer Journal.
Written by: Tiffany Jothen, The Enquirer Journal education reporter
Posted: Feb 15, 2011 by Deb Coates Bledsoe