FINALISTS - Scripps National Spelling Bee

FINALISTS

Speller No. 11, Jacob Faulk
Slavens K-8 School, Denver, Colorado
Age 14, 8th grade
School: Slavens K-8 School
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Speller No. 14, Amith Vasantha
KPIX-TV & KCBS Radio AM & FM, San Francisco, California
Age 13, 7th grade
School: BASIS Independent Silicon Valley
Hometown: San Jose, California
Speller No. 15, Enya Hubers
Hubers Home School, Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Age 12, 7th grade
School: Hubers Home School
Hometown: Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Speller No. 24, Cameron Keith
Mackintosh Academy , Boulder, Colorado
Age 12, 6th grade
School: Mackintosh Academy
Hometown: Boulder, Colorado
Speller No. 37, Siddharth Doppalapudi
Altamont School, Birmingham, Alabama
Age 13, 7th grade
School: Altamont School
Hometown: Hoover, Alabama
Speller No. 44, Lauren Guo
Wayne Carle Middle School, Westminster, Colorado
Age 12, 7th grade
School: Wayne Carle Middle School
Hometown: Arvada, Colorado
Speller No. 48, Medina Miranda
Los Angeles Spelling Bee Collaborative, Los Angeles, California
Age 13, 7th grade
School: Stanford Middle School
Hometown: Long Beach, California
Speller No. 50, Aisha Randhawa
The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, California
Age 12, 7th grade
School: Auburndale Intermediate School
Hometown: Corona, California
Speller No. 60, Simone Kaplan
The Miami Herald, Miami, Florida
Age 12, 6th grade
School: St. Bonaventure Catholic School
Hometown: Davie, Florida

Simone participated in the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee, and is thrilled to return this year. She is a fan of Broadway shows, and was privileged to see Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in New York City. She loves to travel, and is looking forward to seeing Alaska and California for the first time this summer. In her spare time, Simone enjoys reading, going to theme parks and attending Miami Heat basketball games with her family.

Speller No. 70, Rishik Gandhasri
Silver Oak Elementary School, San Jose, California
Age 12, 6th grade
School: Silver Oak Elementary School
Hometown: San Jose, California
Speller No. 72, Paul Hamrick
Monterey County Office of Education, Salinas, California
Age 14, 8th grade
School: Lambert Hamrick Homeschool
Hometown: Monterey, California
Speller No. 74, Nidhi Vadlamudi
Stratford-Sunnyvale Raynor Middle School, Sunnyvale, California
Age 12, 6th grade
School: Stratford - Sunnyvale Raynor Middle School
Hometown: Santa Clara, California
Speller No. 80, Anisha Rao
Eleanor Murray Fallon Middle School, Dublin, California
Age 12, 7th grade
School: Eleanor Murray Fallon Middle School
Hometown: Dublin, California
Speller No. 94, Samhita Kumar
The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, California
Age 12, 7th grade
School: Winston Churchill Middle School
Hometown: Gold River, California
Speller No. 98, Erin Howard
Adventure Travel, Birmingham, Alabama
Age 13, 7th grade
School: Mountain Gap P-8 School
Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama
Speller No. 133, Tara Singh
Louisville Spelling Bee Collaborative, Louisville, Kentucky
Age 13, 8th grade
School: Louisville Classical Academy
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Speller No. 171, Marisa Langley
Leon County Home Schoolers, Tallahassee, Florida
Age 14, 8th grade
School: Leon County Home Schoolers
Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
Speller No. 192, Jashun Paluru
Administrator Assistance, Brookston, Indiana
Age 13, 8th grade
School: Battle Ground Middle School
Hometown: West Lafayette, Indiana
Speller No. 209, Brendan Pawlicki
Macomb Intermediate School District, Clinton Township, Michigan
Age 11, 6th grade
School: St. Lawrence Catholic School
Hometown: Shelby Township, Michigan
Speller No. 219, Sophia Nguyen
St. Joseph News-Press, St. Joseph, Missouri
Age 13, 7th grade
School: Bode Middle School
Hometown: Saint Joseph, Missouri
Speller No. 242, Alice Liu
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Missouri
Age 11, 6th grade
School: Crestview Middle School
Hometown: Chesterfield, Missouri
Speller No. 250, Nicole Tsygan
Hereford Middle School, Monkton, Maryland
Age 12, 7th grade
School: Hereford Middle School
Hometown: Parkton, Maryland
Speller No. 251, Saketh Sundar
Howard County Library, Columbia, Maryland
Age 12, 7th grade
School: Clarksville Middle School
Hometown: Clarksville, Maryland
Speller No. 279, Navneeth Murali
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune , Neptune, New Jersey
Age 12, 6th grade
School: Woodrow Wilson Middle School
Hometown: Edison, New Jersey
Speller No. 290, Shruthika Padhy
Rosa International Middle School, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Age 12, 7th grade
School: Rosa International Middle School
Hometown: Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Speller No. 315, Sravanth Malla
Fieldstone Middle School, Thiells, New York
Age 14, 8th grade
School: Fieldstone Middle School
Hometown: Haverstraw, New York
Speller No. 316, Noah Brandt
Augustine School, Jackson, Tennessee
Age 15, 8th grade
School: Augustine School
Hometown: Jackson, Tennessee
Speller No. 326, Phoebe Smith
Delaware County Intermediate Unit, Morton, Pennsylvania
Age 12, 7th grade
School: Northley Middle School
Hometown: Aston, Pennsylvania
Speller No. 327, Nilla Rajan
Ohio University's Scripps College of Communication, Athens, Ohio
Age 13, 7th grade
School: Bishop Flaget School
Hometown: Chillicothe, Ohio
Speller No. 348, Christopher Serrao
Discover Lehigh Valley, Allentown, Pennsylvania
Age 12, 6th grade
School: Readington Middle School
Hometown: Whitehouse Station, New Jersey
Speller No. 350, Eva Vega
The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, North Carolina
Age 14, 8th grade
School: Marvin Ridge Middle School
Hometown: Marvin, North Carolina
Speller No. 361, Snehal Choudhury
The Repository, Canton, Ohio
Age 13, 8th grade
School: Jackson Memorial Middle School
Hometown: Massillon, Ohio
Speller No. 398, Melodie Loya
The Daily Star, Oneonta, New York
Age 13, 7th grade
School: Sidney Area LEAH
Hometown: Bainbridge, New York
Speller No. 436, Pranav Nandakumar
The Magellan International School, Austin, Texas
Age 12, 7th grade
School: The Magellan International School
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Speller No. 447, Naysa Modi
Dallas Sports Commission, Dallas, Texas
Age 12, 7th grade
School: Reynolds Middle School
Hometown: Frisco, Texas
Speller No. 460, Rohan Raja
Dewitt Perry Middle School, Carrollton, Texas
Age 12, 6th grade
School: Dewitt Perry Middle School
Hometown: Irving, Texas
Speller No. 471, Karthik Nemmani
Scoggins Middle School, McKinney, Texas
Age 14, 8th grade
School: Scoggins Middle School
Hometown: McKinney, Texas
Speller No. 484, Abhijay Kodali
Dallas Sports Commission, Dallas, Texas
Age 11, 5th grade
School: Liberty Elementary School
Hometown: Flower Mound, Texas
Speller No. 506, Sohum Sukhatankar
St. Mark's School of Texas, Dallas, Texas
Age 12, 6th grade
School: St. Mark's School Of Texas
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Speller No. 516, Pranathi Jammula
West Austin Chamber of Commerce, Austin, Texas
Age 12, 7th grade
School: Kealing Middle School
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Speller No. 517, Anson Cook
Hugo A. Owens Middle School, Chesapeake, Virginia
Age 11, 7th grade
School: Hugo A. Owens Middle School
Hometown: Chesapeake, Virginia