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‘Moorhen’ is the words of an expert when a Texas teenager pronounces the name Spelling Bee: NPR


Harini Logan, 14, of San Antonio, Texas, holds his Scripps National Spelling Bee trophy, Thursday, June 2, 2022, at Oxon Hill, Md.

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Harini Logan, 14, of San Antonio, Texas, holds his Scripps National Spelling Bee trophy, Thursday, June 2, 2022, at Oxon Hill, Md.

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OXON HILL, Md. -Harini Logan tried to learn from those who missed the internet. After being recognized for many years as one of the best translators in the English language, he had never taken the international name before.

In the largest beehive of all, he dried up new obstacles, but somehow, in the end, he was still there.

Harini was removed, and later reinstated, during the Scripps National Spelling Bee which was the subject of much discussion. He wrote incorrectly four times because the Scripps’ most difficult words were too much for him and Vikram Raju, who also made four mistakes in the final. And then he landed Vikram in the first beehive on Thursday night.

Call it “The Revenant”.

“Harini went to hell and came back with the experience in her words,” said her former coach, Grace Walters.

A 14-year-old 8th grader in San Antonio, Texas, who took part in the final bee race three years ago and stopped the plague from returning, wrote 21 words correctly in the second 90 minutes, beating Vikram with six. The key word, according to the Scripps, was “moorhen,” meaning a red grouse woman, because she was the one who moved Vikram.

In the past few months, Harini who was always ready tried to get around the lightning, a shape he did not enjoy.

“When it was discovered last year, I was shocked, to be honest,” Harini said. “I go slowly. That’s my thing.

Harini, who is loved for her composure and composure, has won more than $ 50,000 in prizes and awards. It is the first Scripps winner to be reinstated in the competition. And this had happened to stumble four times.

“I think it would have been easier for me to give up, to be like, ‘Wow, why do I miss you so much?'” Said Harini. “Actually I’m just looking at the following words and I know I’m still inside, I think it was a great relief for me.”

He is the fifth Scripps veteran trained by Walters, a former speller, Texan colleague and student at Rice University who is considering leaving the teaching profession. Harini also received support from Navneeth Murali, who gave him one of the finalists in the SpellPundit 2020 online bee – a Scripps bee consolation prize that was abolished due to the epidemic.


Kirsten Tiffany Santos, 11, of Richmond, Texas, took part in the Scripps National Spelling Bee final, Thursday, June 2, 2022, at Oxon Hill, Md.

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Kirsten Tiffany Santos, 11, of Richmond, Texas, took part in the Scripps National Spelling Bee final, Thursday, June 2, 2022, at Oxon Hill, Md.

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It was Walters and Navneeth who, having hit the beekeepers along with Harini’s mother, Priya, had just stepped off the stage around the voice, apparently the most upset of all.

“My heart stopped for a moment,” Harini said.

Harini defined the word “pull” as a nest of flying birds. Scripps said the correct answer was the number of bees. His followers reported the case to the magistrates, saying that they had won the case. A few minutes later, Chief Justice Mary Brooks announced the change.

“We did a little bit when you were done, which is our job, to make sure we made the right decision,” Brooks said. “We (did) a little deeper in those words and the answer you gave to that word is considered correct, so we’ll give you back.”

From there, Harini entered the final against Vikram. Each one spelled two words correctly. Scripps then uttered the most difficult words of the night.

They all did not give wrongly. Then Vikram missed again and Harini found the “sereh” right there, and put one word away from the title. The word was “drimys,” and he was wrong.

In two more rounds, two more words were mispronounced with nothing, and Scripps released a podium with the sound of lightning that all the finalists had experimented with hours of empty space in the past.

Harini was quick and sharp everywhere, and the final judges confirmed his success.

Vikram, a 12-year-old seventh-grade girl from Aurora, Colorado, says: “I knew I was just saying the words I just said above my head, and I was running a little too fast. who are looking forward to returning next year.

Vihaan Sibal, 13, of McGregor, Texas, finished Wednesday and has another year in hand. Saharsh Vuppala, a 13-year-old 8th grader in Bellevue, Washington, was the fourth.

The last bee in man had no beehive and ended up in eight stages. The bee came back last year in a spectacular way, with only 11 finalists gathered in Florida while Zaila Avant-garde became the first Black American champion.

Harini is an Indian Indian, to summarize what has happened over the past 20 years – 21 of the last 23 scholars have inherited a South Asian heritage.

Another change of bee this year: Scripps terminated its partnership with its former partner ESPN and produced its own ION and Bounce radio, with actor and literary representative LeVar Burton as conductor. The change was sometimes difficult, and long-term and unrelated to the business that disrupted events and audiences that revealed what was going on inside the publicity system.

The bees were thin, with less than half of those participating in 2019 due to sponsors leaving and removing the wild program. And the addition of live word questions during the semifinals and final ones resulted in a surprising resolution.

Harini’s bowing and voice were the most amazing of all.

“In the end, everything has been worth it,” Walters said. “Every second place. Every murmur. All of that. This is the end for Harini.”

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