Scripps National Spelling Bee
Speller No. 259, Tejas Muthusamy

Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Virginia






George H. Moody Middle School, Richmond, Virginia


Tejas is a fan of the band Twenty One Pilots, but he's equally likely to rock out to songs like "Uma Thurman" by Fall Out Boy. Another hobby of his is reading, and his book of choice is Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne. Tejas enjoys both journalism and politics, and he is happiest when at the juncture of the two. He counts brilliant legal and political minds among his idols, including Antonin Scalia and Hillary Clinton. At school, he enjoys learning French in preparation to one day visit his favorite place, Paris. Tejas likes staying active and says that every aspect of both swimming and golf excite him and provide him with an opportunity to get blood flowing to his brain. Mystery intrigues Tejas, so it makes sense that he is a big fan of the BBC's Sherlock. Tejas previously participated in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2014 (tying for 8th place) and 2015 (tying for 7th place).

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