Rohith Konduri '28 won the 2022 Norfolk Academy Spelling Bee, putting him in the running for a chance to qualify for this year's Scripps National contest.
Nine sixth graders shined during the January 13 event, spelling more than 50 words correctly over the course of about an hour. Leah Jung '28 earned second place. Kasei Montgomery '28 earned third place.
Transept was the word Rohith spelled correctly to clinch the title. A transept is either of the two parts forming the arms of the cross shape in a church, projecting at right angles from the nave.
Among the other words the students spelled correctly: mystified, reflexology, contessa, and lineage.
The competitors were able to have cheering sections, as their fellow sixth graders watched and applauded from the Johnson Theater seats. Other grades were able to watch online, as the event was streamed by the school's NA-TV broadcast channel.
Headmaster Dennis Manning read the words and provided definitions. Sarah Smythe, Director of Admissions, served as the judge for the contest.
With his victory, Rohith qualifies for a regional WHRO bee that will be held virtually in mid-February. The winner of that competition can advance to the Scripps National bee, scheduled for later in the year.