Two Frisco ISD students qualified for the 93rd Scripps National Spelling Bee after being crowned co-champions of the 62nd Annual Golden Chick Dallas Regional Spelling Bee in March.
Sanjana Kota, eighth grader at Lawler Middle School, and Arya Reddyvari, eighth grader at Nelson Middle School, tied after hours of spelling at the regional bee, which was broadcast on WFAA Channel 8.
“It’s been so tiring and nerve wracking, but here we are,” Kota said after she and Reddyvari were declared co-champions.
Kota’s final word was "hidradenitis," inflammation of a sweat gland, while Reddyvari successfully spelled “nidorous,” which means smelling of or like burning or decaying animal matter.
Both won all-expenses paid trips to the Washington, D.C. area to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which has since been suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Scripps hopes to reschedule the competition for later this year.
The regional spelling bee is open to fourth through eighth grade students in public, private, charter and home school students within the 35-county Dallas region.
Kota and Reddyvari advanced to the regional bee after top finishes at the Collin County Spelling Bee, Frisco ISD District Spelling Bee and spelling bees at Lawler and Nelson middle schools, respectively.