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South Windsor fifth-grader seals Conn. spelling bee win with 'sundries' and 'probate'

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NEW HAVEN, Connecticut — A South Windsor fifth-grader correctly spelled "sundries" and "probate" to clinch this year's New Haven Register Spelling Bee and a trip to a national contest.

Keshav Ramesh battled Avon homeschooler Christina Henares and Rocky Hill seventh-grader Pulkit Nagpal in the final rounds in New Haven Tuesday night. The Register reports (http://bit.ly/1j4T0dc ) that they faced a number of high-level words including "mercerize," ''succotash" and "boudoir."

Christina finished second and Pulkit was third.

Keshav, who attends Eli Terry Elementary School, will go on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May. He finished 43rd in the national contest last year.

Keshav says the only word he wasn't confident about Tuesday night was "sundries."

His prizes included $2,000 toward his trip to the national contest in Washington, D.C., and a $300 gift card.


Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com

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