FINALISTS - Scripps National Spelling Bee

FINALISTS

Speller No. 5, Rishik Gandhasri
Bay Area Regional Spelling Bee, San Francisco, California
Age 13, 7th grade
School: Chaboya Middle School
Hometown: San Jose, California
Speller No. 14, Vayun Krishna
Challenger School - Middlefield, Palo Alto, California
Age 12, 6th grade
School: Challenger School - Middlefield
Hometown: Sunnyvale, California
Speller No. 32, Anisha Rao
Eleanor Murray Fallon Middle School, Dublin, California
Age 13, 8th grade
School: Eleanor Murray Fallon Middle School
Hometown: Dublin, California
Speller No. 38, Pavani Chittemsetty
Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy, Bentonville, Arkansas
Age 13, 7th grade
School: Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy
Hometown: Bentonville, Arkansas
Speller No. 52, Lauren Guo
Wayne Carle Middle School, Westminster, Colorado
Age 13, 8th grade
School: Wayne Carle Middle School
Hometown: Arvada, Colorado
Speller No. 65, Simone Kaplan
The Miami Herald, Miami, Florida
Age 13, 7th grade
School: St. Bonaventure Catholic School
Hometown: Davie, Florida
Speller No. 73, Nidhi Vadlamudi
Summit Denali, Sunnyvale, California
Age 13, 7th grade
School: Summit Denali
Hometown: Santa Clara, California
Speller No. 79, Sahil Langote
Delaware Spelling Bee Collaborative, Wilmington, Delaware
Age 13, 8th grade
School: P.S. DuPont Middle School
Hometown: New Castle, Delaware
Speller No. 80, Amith Vasantha
BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, San Jose, California
Age 14, 8th grade
School: BASIS Independent Silicon Valley
Hometown: Saratoga, California
Speller No. 82, Cameron Keith
Boulder Valley School District, Boulder, Colorado
Age 13, 7th grade
School: Kohler Home School
Hometown: Boulder, Colorado
Speller No. 88, Aisha Randhawa
The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, California
Age 13, 8th grade
School: Auburndale Intermediate School
Hometown: Corona, California
Speller No. 92, Nathan Ostermann
Imperial County Office of Education, El Centro, California
Age 14, 8th grade
School: Wilson Junior High School
Hometown: El Centro, California
Speller No. 93, Erin Howard
Adventure Travel, Birmingham, Alabama
Age 14, 8th grade
School: Mountain Gap P-8 School
Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama
Speller No. 101, Nicholas D'Sa
The Orange County Register, Santa Ana, California
Age 13, 8th grade
School: St. Cecilia Catholic School
Hometown: Tustin, California
Speller No. 116, Dhyana Mishra
Orlando Sentinel Communications, Orlando, Florida
Age 14, 8th grade
School: Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy
Hometown: West Melbourne, Florida
Speller No. 132, Saketh Sundar
Howard County Library, Columbia, Maryland
Age 13, 8th grade
School: Clarksville Middle School
Hometown: Clarksville, Maryland
Speller No. 158, Anson Cook
The Meakem Group, Bethesda, Maryland
Age 12, 7th grade
School: Cabin John Middle School
Hometown: Potomac, Maryland
Speller No. 169, Darian Douglas
Jamaica Gleaner, Kingston, Jamaica
Age 11, 7th grade
School: Glenmuir High School
Hometown: St. Catherine, Jamaica
Speller No. 173, Calvin Franke
Commonwealth Edison, Chicago, Illinois
Age 14, 8th grade
School: Plum Grove Junior High School
Hometown: Palatine, Illinois
Speller No. 175, Atman Balakrishnan
Commonwealth Edison, Chicago, Illinois
Age 13, 7th grade
School: Hinsdale Middle School
Hometown: Hinsdale, Illinois
Speller No. 194, Cal Alexander
Louisiana State University Shreveport, Shreveport, Louisiana
Age 14, 8th grade
School: Caddo Middle Magnet School
Hometown: Shreveport, Louisiana
Speller No. 199, Joseph Moran
Coeur d'Alene Press, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Age 12, 7th grade
School: Inland Northwest Christian Homeschoolers
Hometown: Hayden, Idaho
Speller No. 226, Pranav Chandar
Evansville Area Regional Spelling Bee, Evansville, Indiana
Age 11, 6th grade
School: Castle North Middle School
Hometown: Newburgh, Indiana
Speller No. 252, Alice Liu
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Missouri
Age 12, 7th grade
School: Crestview Middle School
Hometown: Chesterfield, Missouri
Speller No. 257, Yolanda Ni
Mississippi Association of Educators, Jackson, Mississippi
Age 14, 8th grade
School: Oak Grove Middle School
Hometown: Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Speller No. 258, Blake Bouwman
Excel Charter Academy, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Age 14, 8th grade
School: Excel Charter Academy
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Speller No. 274, Melodie Loya
The Daily Star, Oneonta, New York
Age 14, 8th grade
School: Sidney LEAH
Hometown: Bainbridge, New York
Speller No. 277, Aritra Banerjee
Somerset County Library System, Bridgewater, New Jersey
Age 12, 6th grade
School: Auten Road Intermediate School
Hometown: Hillsborough, New Jersey
Speller No. 285, Jack Lado
Kent Intermediate School District, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Age 14, 8th grade
School: East Grand Rapids Middle School
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Speller No. 291, Navneeth Murali
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune , Neptune, New Jersey
Age 13, 7th grade
School: Woodrow Wilson Middle School
Hometown: Edison, New Jersey
Speller No. 304, Colette Giezentanner
Robert H. Sperreng Middle School, St. Louis, Missouri
Age 12, 6th grade
School: Robert H. Sperreng Middle School
Hometown: Saint Louis, Missouri
Speller No. 307, Shruthika Padhy
Rosa International Middle School, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Age 13, 8th grade
School: Rosa International Middle School
Hometown: Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Speller No. 310, Brendan Pawlicki
Macomb Intermediate School District, Clinton Township, Michigan
Age 12, 7th grade
School: St. Lawrence Catholic School
Hometown: Shelby Township, Michigan
Speller No. 343, Pranathi Jammula
West Austin Chamber of Commerce, Austin, Texas
Age 13, 8th grade
School: Kealing Middle School
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Speller No. 354, Sohum Sukhatankar
Dallas Sports Commission, Dallas, Texas
Age 13, 7th grade
School: St. Mark's School of Texas
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Speller No. 362, Jeff Zheng
Ascension Academy, Amarillo, Texas
Age 14, 8th grade
School: Ascension Academy
Hometown: Amarillo, Texas
Speller No. 375, Phoebe Smith
Delaware County Intermediate Unit, Morton, Pennsylvania
Age 13, 8th grade
School: Northley Middle School
Hometown: Aston, Pennsylvania
Speller No. 389, Sebastian Castilla
WCPO 9 On Your Side, Cincinnati, Ohio
Age 13, 8th grade
School: The Schilling School for Gifted Children
Hometown: Cincinnati , Ohio
Speller No. 395, Enya Hubers
Hubers Home School, Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Age 13, 8th grade
School: Hubers Home School
Hometown: Ontario, Canada
Speller No. 407, Abhijay Kodali
Dallas Sports Commission, Dallas, Texas
Age 12, 6th grade
School: McKamy Middle School
Hometown: Flower Mound, Texas
Speller No. 424, Nilla Rajan
Ohio University's Scripps College of Communication, Athens, Ohio
Age 14, 8th grade
School: Bishop Flaget Catholic School
Hometown: Chillicothe, Ohio
Speller No. 427, Christopher Serrao
Discover Lehigh Valley, Allentown, Pennsylvania
Age 13, 7th grade
School: Readington Middle School
Hometown: Whitehouse Station, New Jersey
Speller No. 446, Jason Sorin
Duke University's Office of Durham and Regional Affairs, Durham, North Carolina
Age 13, 7th grade
School: Triangle Day School
Hometown: Durham, North Carolina
Speller No. 449, Sheridan Hennessy
Walnut Hills High School, Cincinnati, Ohio
Age 13, 7th grade
School: Walnut Hills High School
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Speller No. 462, Rohan Raja
Dallas Sports Commission, Dallas, Texas
Age 13, 7th grade
School: Coppell Middle School West
Hometown: Irving, Texas
Speller No. 483, Maitri Kovuru
Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas
Age 14, 8th grade
School: McLean Middle School
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
Speller No. 484, Maya Jadhav
Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, Wisconsin
Age 10, 5th grade
School: EAGLE School
Hometown: Fitchburg, Wisconsin
Speller No. 493, Harini Logan
San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio, Texas
Age 11, 5th grade
School: The Montessori School of San Antonio
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Speller No. 545, Keerthana Krishnan
Beckendorff Junior High School, Katy, Texas
Age 13, 7th grade
School: Beckendorff Junior High School
Hometown: Katy, Texas
Speller No. 562, Hephzibah Sujoe
Bethesda Christian School, Haltom City, Texas
Age 13, 7th grade
School: Bethesda Christian School
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas