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World news | The Indian-American student ranked third in Spelling Bee and is determined to come back for the top spot next year

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Washington, Jun 2 (PTI) Ananya Prassanna, the Indian-American seventh grader who finished third in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, says she is determined to return next year for the prestigious annual competition and lift the championship trophy.

“For me, giving up doesn’t really make sense, because why give up if you always have a chance? So I will probably come back next year for sure,” the 13-year-old from Apex, North Carolina, told PTI in an interview.

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Representing the Carolina Panthers at the Scripps National Spelling Bee held here on Thursday, Ananya reached the finals of the prestigious competition, eventually placing third in her third attempt.

She previously competed in 2022, when she tied for 49th, and in 2023, when she tied for 74th.

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Ananya, a seventh grader, views this with pride and determination to climb even higher in the future.

Ananya said her journey with the spelling bee started in second grade when she participated in a spelling bee organized by the North South Foundation, a non-profit organization.

“I just studied the list and nothing else, and I came in second,” she said.

Encouraged by this early success, her parents supported her continued participation in spelling bees.

In third grade, Ananya’s talents became apparent when she won her class and school bees.

However, her trip was briefly interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making further participation impossible. Undeterred, she returned to fifth grade to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee for the first time, where she thrived on camaraderie and connection with fellow spellers.

“This year I decided to put in a lot more effort, and I started staying up late and completing more sets and studying more lists, and I feel like that hard work definitely paid off and got me into third took place,” she says. said in response to a question.

She attributed much of her success to the support and encouragement of her parents.

Her father, a software engineer, not only covered the travel expenses but also created glossaries, which instilled her confidence.

“On that day he said, ‘Ananya, you’re going to the final,’ and that’s what happened,” she said.

Her mother’s dedication was just as remarkable: She often worked twice as hard to ensure Ananya had everything she needed to succeed, she said.

When asked for advice to aspiring spellers, Ananya emphasized the importance of participating in spelling bees in schools to gauge one’s skills and the importance of studying lists and reading extensively.

She also recommended seeking a coach for serious candidates, as her coach provided crucial support and confidence during difficult times.

Ananya’s approach to learning words is methodical and compelling.

She engages in “dictionary diving,” where she examines hard words and studies their roots and rules rather than relying solely on memorizing words.

“Understanding how words are formed gives you a higher success rate than just memorizing them,” she explained.

Looking back on her toughest moment in the competition, Ananya recalled spelling ‘tennesi’, a word even the champion admitted he didn’t know.

Despite the pressure and a ticking clock, she relied on her subconscious memory and spelled the word correctly, earning a lot of respect from her colleagues and the judges, Ananya said.

Bruhat Soma, a 12-year-old Indian-American seventh grader from Florida, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee, earning more than $50,000 in cash and other prizes.

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