WILMINGTON, Del. — A 12-year-old has won the Delaware State Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the word phyton. It is defined as the “smallest part of a stem, root or leaf.”
The News Journal of Wilmington reported that seventy students from across Delaware had faced off on Saturday. The competition lasted five hours and ran through an entire 300-word contest book.
Words that students tackled included “wampum,” ”chimichanga,” ”kovsh,” ”gestalt,” ”ameliorate” and “waterzooi.”
The winner was Maanvi Sarwadi, a seventh-grader from Caravel Academy. Her victory followed 28 rounds, which the judges said was a “remarkable” amount.
Sarwadi said she used grammar rules on foreign words to take an educated guess at the word phyton.
Maanvi is already planning to study hard for her next competition: the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.
Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., http://www.delawareonline.com