Dhivya and the Bee

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Do you know what plumicorn is? Can you spell it? Well obviously Dhivya Senthil Murugan did because that is the word she spelled to win the Colorado State Spelling Bee.

Do you know what plumicorn is? Can you spell it? Well obviously Dhivya Senthil Murugan did because that is the word she spelled to win the Colorado State Spelling Bee. After misspelling rutilent everyone thought she was done for. When Jacob Durso-Sabina, the runner up, spelled boniato correctly, Dhivya seemed to accept defeat.

 

Of course the final person always has to spell a last word to determine if s/he is really the winner. Jacob misspelled vitiate (who wouldn't?)and Dhivya was back in! She correctly spelled esurient and then, sealed her victory by spelling plumicorn correctly. Dhivya seemed to freeze in shock and excitement but then a loud chorus of cheers broke out for the 5th grader who had just won the Spelling Bee!

 

Several hundred spellers from across the state spent last Saturday at the Denver Convention Center .They all took a written spelling test to see if they could win a spot on the stage for the oral competition. It took seventeen rounds to go from 36 finalists in the oral competition to one champion. Dhivya will now travel to Washington D.C where she will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. After the excitement had faded, I asked Dhivya and two other spellers (Lydia Ward and Katarina Ivancik) what they would tell kids who are thinking about entering next year.

 

They all advised, "as long as you practice, practice, practice anyone can do it!" These kids make it look easy, but there is a lot of skill that goes into becoming a good speller.

 

The students learn all about word roots, countries of origin and the spelling patterns one can expect with that information. Then comes the dictionary study and repeated testing from helpful family members. So, if you plan to enter a spelling bee, follow the advice of these wise spellers and, practice!