7th-grader Rishik Gandhasri wins Scripps SF Bay area regional Spelling Bee title

Rishik Gandhasri has become the San Francisco Bay Area Regional Spelling Bee champion, Scripps International announced Feb. 17.

Gandhasri, a 7th grader at San Jose, Calif.-based Chaboya Middle School, won the regional title by correctly spelling guanabana, pronounced gwuh-NAH-buh-nuh, in the 14th round of the competition.

In spelling guanabana, a large succulent fruit of a small tropical American tree having short fleshy spines and a slightly acid fibrous pulp, Gandhasri topped Vayun Krisha, a sixth-grade student from Challenger School-Middlefield.

Krisha misspelled occitan to settle for second place in the regional.

For winning the championship, Gandhasri won an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee this May.

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