This year’s champion of the Frisco ISD Spelling Bee will put his skills to the test on a national stage.
Karthik Nemmani, an eighth grader at Scoggins Middle School, is FISD’s first-ever competitor in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Now in its 91st year, the bee is one of the nation's oldest and most iconic competitions. It aims to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.
Nemmani won the Scoggins spelling bee before taking first place in the District bee by correctly spelling the word “guichet.” He advanced to the Collin County Spelling Bee, where after 40 rounds, he took second place behind a three-time past competitor in the national bee. That student went on to win the Golden Chick Dallas Regional Spelling Bee and qualified for the national bee.
Previously, only the winner of a sponsored region could qualify for the national bee. This year, as part of an effort to make the process more consistent and fair, Scripps National Spelling Bee implemented a new program that has allowed more students to qualify for the national bee. It levels the playing field by giving students who participate in large and competitive regions, such as Dallas, an alternate path to the national bee.
Please join FISD in congratulating Nemmani and wish him luck as he competes in the national bee, scheduled May 27 to June 1 in the Washington, D.C. area.