A way with words shines through for Spelling Bee champ
"I'm overwhelmed," the sixth-grader from Infant Jesus School in Nashua said after winning the bee, presented by the New Hampshire Union Leader and held at the Capitol Center for the Arts. The competition went 11 rounds, with the words becoming more difficult with each one.
"I studied a lot," she said. "Over vacation, it was pretty much all I was doing."
"I'm on top of the world," Shaila Kalpande said.
"I knew it," said Bradley, who had earlier misspelled "bombinate."
"I'm OK with it," she said. "It's been a really great spelling journey."
And, she said, Kalpande deserved to win.
"I'm happy for her," Bradley said.
Every other contestant, and even panel coordinators Katie McQuaid Cote and Christy DeTrude, raised their hands.
It also featured its share of characters, including Kenneth Pawlowizc of Pelham Elementary School, who dressed in a shirt and tie, prompting D'Aquila to say, "Somebody looks ready," and Gisele Dierks of Charlestown Middle School, affectionately described as the bee's "class clown" by Shannon Sullivan, director of community relations for the Union Leader.
As the state champion, Kalpande wins a trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Board of Ed finds in favor of Goffstown; Dunbarton plans Supreme Court appeal - 2
- Tech conference sparks ideas and imagination - 0
- Nashua assessment tests miss the mark - 1
- St. A's board of trustees responds to criticism of graduation change - 2
- Officials proposing cutting Derry school budget by $1.4 million - 0
- St. Anselm in a stir over graduation date change - 13
- Nashua schools struggle to find more time for middle-school math - 0
- Former Gov. Lynch chosen for PSU Robert Frost award - 0
- Keene State College gets funding to further biology research - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Two Manchester women arrested in separate shoplifting incidents in Hooksett - 1
- Maine police search car belonging to husband of Londonderry shooting victim - 0
- Man arrested after chase, threatening to shoot police in Bow - 0
- Good Samaritan pins Manchester purse snatcher - 0
- Homeless man who saved woman from river: 'I don't consider myself a hero' - 9
- High School Basketball: Rivalries renewed in QCIBT - 0
- Dave D'Onofrio's Patriots Notebook: Will they get everything on their list? - 0
- Tuohy brothers add new restaurant in familiar spot - 0
- New Horizons volunteers deliver groceries and good cheer, making Christmas special - 0
Londonderry schools placed on lockdown after soldier's unplanned visit to high school causes alarm
Police say woman tried to steal 15 iPads