Faces in the Crowd: Shriya Gangineni
A middle school student from St. Thomas More was recently named the Champion of the University of South Dakota Final Scripps Spelling Bee.
Shriya says, “It was actually one of the easier words that I got through out that competition.”
“Let’s say if the word is like French, you’re gonna know it is going to be spelled differently how you think that word might be spelled if it’s an English word. So if it’s a French word…you’re going to assume based on patterns that those words have that are French, you’re gonna find a way to spell it, so it does help sometimes,” says Shriya.
Shriya says, “I’m excited because it’s a really big opportunity, but I am also very nervous but what makes it better since the first few rounds are online ya know like nobody staring at me and can just like take it and not be pressured I guess.”
Shriya will represent South Dakota in the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition to be held through virtual platforms for the preliminary and semi-final rounds later this spring. The in-person competition will be held July 8th in Orlando.