Dev Shah Wins Scripps Spelling Bee 2023
Dev Shah, a 14-year-old from Largo, Florida, won the 2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday, June 1, 2023. He correctly spelled the word “psammophile” to win the $50,000 prize.
Shah was one of 11 spellers who made it to the final round of the competition. He faced off against Charlotte Walsh, an eighth-grader from Arlington, Virginia. Walsh misspelled the word “daviely,” giving Shah the win.
Shah’s victory was the first for a speller from Florida since 2008. He is also the first Indian-American to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Shah said that he was “overwhelmed” by his victory. He thanked his parents, his teachers, and his friends for their support. He also said that he was looking forward to using his prize money to help others.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee is an annual competition for students in grades 4-8. It is the largest and most prestigious spelling bee in the world. The competition has been held every year since 1925.
Dev Shah’s victory is a testament to his hard work and dedication. He is an inspiration to all young people who dream of achieving great things.
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