Bruhat Soma Wins Scripps National Spelling Bee

Bruhat Soma Wins Scripps National Spelling Bee
Bruhat Soma
The winner of this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee has been crowned. Bruhat Soma, the 12-year-old Indian-American emerged victorious by correctly spelling abseil, a term used for descending a vertical surface with a rope attached to one's body. Soma accurately spelt 29 out of 30 words in Scripps' second-ever spell-off, where participants have 90 seconds to spell as many words as possible. “I'm really excited”, Soma said shortly after his win. 

“It's been my goal for this past year to win, and I've been working really hard. I put a lot of time into spelling and now I'm really happy that I won. I really can't describe it. I'm still shaking.”

This was Soma's third attempt at the national spelling bee. Last year, he tied for 74th place, and in 2022, he tied for 163rd place.
At just 12 years old, Bruhat impressed with his display of knowledge and composure, said Scripps CEO Adam Symson. Scripps is proud to celebrate his achievement and that of all the spellers. Their remarkable determination and persistence are a big part of what makes the Bee such an iconic cultural touchstone, with millions of fans tuning in live to connect with these students – embracing them in their defeats and celebrating them in their victories. Soma will receive $50,000 in cash from Scripps, a medal and a trophy, along with several other prizes.

Faizan Zaki secured second place, winning $25,000 while Shrey Parikh and Ananya Prassanna tied for third place, each receiving $12,500.

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