Andrew Gould, a sixth-grader from Weston, and Marleah Knight, an eighth-grader from Morgantown, will join Varun Kukkillaya, the 2015 Gazette-Mail Regional Spelling Bee champion, in Washington, D.C. to compete in May’s Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Andrew and Marleah are the champions of their respective regional spelling bees.
By correctly spelling “batik” and “coloratura,” Andrew outlasted 33 other spellers to take home the RESA 7 Regional Spelling Bee trophy. Marleah correctly spelled “algorithm” to win her bee.
At nationals, Andrew and Marleah will represent portions of West Virginia’s northern counties.
Several regional spellers from West Virginia compete in the national spelling bee each year. At last year’s bee, Varun and three other spellers represented the Mountain State. While none advanced past the preliminary rounds, they all performed well in the bee’s televised spelling rounds.
Like Varun, Andrew and Marleah will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the national bee. Spellers arrive May 24 and begin preliminary testing on the 26th. The main spelling rounds are May 27-28. They are televised by ESPN.