Maroa-Forsyth spelling ends Scripps quarter-final run | Education

OXON HILL, Md. – After successful preliminary rounds at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Maroa-Forsyth Middle School student Arnav Kolluru finished his race during the quarterfinals on Wednesday morning.

However, the eighth grader found a positive side to his elimination.

“I’m relaxing now,” he said. “I’m very good.”

Arnav’s misspelling of the word brose, which is a porridge made by mixing a boiling liquid into oatmeal or another meal, was his last attempt at the national competition. He will be a high school student in the fall and he and his family will be moving to Seattle in June.

The 2022 national spelling bee was Arnav’s third attempt at the contest. The national spelling bee was canceled in 2020. Last year, the semi-finals were held online and only the top 11 spellers traveled to Orlando, Florida. Arnav attended the 2019 Scripps Spelling Bee as a fifth grader.

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The 44th annual competition, hosted by the Macon-Piatt Regional Office of Education at the Schilling Center at Richland Community College, was held March 12. Arnav won after spelling the word “exoneration,” which describes the act of officially absolving someone of blame and justification. .

Arnav was among 88 spellers who made it past Tuesday’s preliminary rounds, which involved spelling two words and choosing the definition of another from several choices. Arnav had been most concerned about the vocabulary part, which was new this year, but it was the quarter-final spelling that ended the competition for him.

“Brose is a really tricky word,” said Arnav, who spelled the word as broaz on stage. “It’s a Scottish word, a very obscure word.”

Arnav said the word that led to his elimination was harder to spell than others in the competition. “But there’s nothing I can do about it,” he said.

The final competition with 48 participants will take place on Thursday morning.

The Kolluru family plans to spend the rest of the trip visiting the Washington DC sites, “now that I’ve been eliminated,” Arnav said. “But I will stay for the awards.”

The competition will conclude with the finals on Thursday. The Spellers and their families are invited to an awards banquet and farewell party on Friday evening.

Contact Donnette Beckett at (217) 421-6983. Follow her on Twitter: @donnettebHR

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