Corona Seventh-Grader, Avijeet S. Randhawa, Ties for 12th place at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
CORONA – A seventh grader from Corona was eliminated in the eighth round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday finishing among nine spellers that tied for 12th place.
Avijeet S. Randhawa misspelled pridian, an adjective meaning “of or relating to a previous day or to yesterday,” according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. He spelled it predian.
The 11 spellers who correctly spelled their eighth-round word correctly, advanced to the finals.
The original field of 231 spellers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, the Bahamas, Germany and Ghana was reduced to 121 at the start of Wednesday’s quarterfinals.
The 12-year-old began Wednesday’s competition at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, by correctly spelling chumble, a verb meaning to “gnaw or chew,” to be among 73 spellers to advance to the fifth round. There were 48 spellers eliminated.
With the bee limited to students in eighth grade or below, Avijeet will be eligible for the 2024 national bee.
Avijeet’s sister Aisha competed in the national bee from 2016-19, tying for seventh in 2018. His sister Lara was among 10 spellers tying for 13th in 2022 and reached the quarterfinals in 2021.
No speller from Riverside County has never won the bee.
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