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MRMS student Prakash Mishra takes regional spelling bee title again

Marvin Ridge Middle’s Prakash Mishra has won The Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee and will now represent North Carolina in the national competition.

Marvin Ridge Middle’s Prakash Mishra is the top regional speller. He’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 “veracious.” Monday, he and 27 other contestants competed in The Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee at ImaginOn.

“I was sitting on the edge of my seat the entire time,” Marvin Ridge Principal Scott Broome said. “It was hard to breathe when he was up there.”

Broome was “extremely excited” about Prakash’s win, but “not at all surprised.”
Prakash’s winning word was “apsidal.”

“I’ve seen it before,” he said, but wasn’t sure of the exact spelling.

His parents sat in the audience and said they were nervous for their son. “I was more than my husband,” his mother, Maitri, said.

Prakash’s father, Sanjay, knew how to spell the final word, but his mother was a little off. “I said, ‘OK, I’m out,’” she said.

Broome called Prakash “methodical” in his spelling. “He knows how a language works,” Broome said. “He always asks for the origin of the word. Based on that, he puts things together. ... I would have been out in round five.”

Prakash practices spelling every day, even on the weekends. “He works so diligently,” Maitri said.

Her son flips through the dictionary, finds old spelling bee lists online and researches language backgrounds.

“You can’t really know all the words, so you just have to know the patterns,” 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

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