Yogita Manikandon of Clark Middle School won the Frisco ISD Spelling Bee.
Manikandon finished atop a strong field. In addition to Manikandon, top honors were achieved by:
2nd: Austin Ma, Fowler Middle School
3rd: Brydn Abraham, Wester Middle School
4th: Rishika Kanaparthy, Tadlock Elementary
5th: Aswin Nair, Pioneer Heritage Middle School
6th: Avery Canuteson, Sem Elementary
Alternates: Sujit Gurrapu, Vandeventer Middle School; Anna Huff, Griffin Middle School; Payton Barnes, Purefoy Elementary
The Frisco ISD hosted its Inaugural FISD Spelling Bee on Jan. 13 at Heritage High School. More than 30 students in Grades 4-8 went head to head in this battle of precision, memory and wit.
Each student won a spelling bee at his or her elementary or middle school to qualify for the contest – a feat in its own right.
After a brief explanation of the rules, the bee began simply enough with the first contestant and the first word, diadem. D-i-a-d-e-m.
One by one, students took their turn at the microphone, correctly spelling words like scintillation, dodecahedron and velociraptor.
Sometimes students would ask for their word to be repeated, used in a sentence or for the definition, alternate pronunciation, part of speech or language of origin.
Several words were entirely unfamiliar to the audience, or at least to this writer, who was baffled, and quite impressed, when students spelled words correctly she’d never heard of, much less knew their meaning or how to spell them.
After five rounds, the field had been narrowed to four contestants, who all spelled each word correctly through the 13th round.
Back and forth, back and forth it went until the judges decided to challenge the students with more difficult words.
By the 15th round, there were only two: Austin Ma of Fowler Middle School and Yogita Manikandon of Clark Middle School.
“It was nerve wracking and I was just scared for the next word,” Manikandon said.
Then Manikandon earned her chance after correctly spelling the word effete (soft or decadent as a result of over refinement of living conditions or laxity of mental or moral discipline). She only needed to spell one more word correctly to be named the winner.
“When he said coacervate, I knew that I knew it so I was really excited,” she said.
Manikandon successfully spelled c-o-a-c-e-r-v-a-t-e, an aggregate of colloidal droplets held together by electrostatic attractive forces, to claim the title.
Manikandon and the other top five finishers will advance to the Collin County Spelling Bee on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at Plano West Senior High School.
The winner of that bee will continue to the regional bee in March.
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