Spelling bee kid from Spring has that swag we all wish we had

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Published 8:33 am, Friday, June 2, 2017

A Spring-area eighth-grader in the Scripps National Spelling Bee showed a swagger that few of us can even imagine having in our daily lives.

Last night Shourav Dasari, 14, made waves after he pulled off what is essentially a mic drop of sorts, spelling his word “mogollon” almost immediately after it was given to him. Usually spelling bee kids ask questions about the word such as its origin, part of speech, how it’s used in a sentence, alternate pronunciations, etc. We’ve been in bees before, it’s a thing. 

His family in the crowd didn’t look terribly thrilled by his swag. The camera cut to his mother who sat with a stern face while another member of his family waved a “stop” motion. Who knew spelling bees were so vicious? 


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Pride comes before the fall, Shourav.

Dasari’s confidence apparently didn’t make for a winning night, as he spelled ten straight words correctly before getting knocked out by “struldbrug.”

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By the way, “mogollon” is an “extensive plateau or mesa in central Arizona,” according to Dictionary.com. But we’re sure you already knew that.


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