Henrico 8th grader competes in national spelling bee

Henrico 8th grader competes in national spelling bee
A Henrico eighth grader has made it past the preliminary round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. (Source: Henrico Public Schools)

HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) - A Henrico eighth grader’s run at the Scripps National Spelling Bee came to an end when 50 other spellers were chosen to move on.

“Only 50 spellers get selected for the finals based on their on-stage performance PLUS a non-televised written exam. That being said, Vishnoy continued what’s becoming a proud Henrico tradition,” Henrico Schools wrote on Twitter.

Vishnoy Vadakkancheri, who attends Moody Middle School, is speller No. 534 and spelled “vastitude” and “encapsulate” correctly.

Vadakkancheri won the Henrico County Spelling Bee, and finished second in the Richmond-Times Dispatch Regional Spelling Bee by correctly spelling “domiciliated,” a word meaning establishing residence. He also spelled “verisimilitude,” “kielbasa” and “animadversion” to help take the title.

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