Speller No. 140, Gokul Venkatachalam
Sponsor:

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Missouri

Grade:

8th

Age:

17

School:

Parkway West Middle School, Chesterfield, Alabama

Profile:

Gokul takes to spelling like his idol LeBron James does to basketball. In addition to playing basketball, Gokul is a fan of rap and alternative music, counting among his favorite artists Nas, Linkin Park and Macklemore. When he's not listening to music, he likes to read — his top pick is Life of Pi — or watch his favorite movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past. At school, Gokul is drawn to math and economics. He dreams of attending Stanford University and studying business so that he can become an entrepreneur or a stockbroker. Gokul previously participated in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2012 (tied for 10th place), 2013 (tied for 19th place) and 2014 (3rd place). 


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