North Royalton boy places fourth in Spelling Bee finals

WASHINGTON DC -- A student from North Royalton placed fourth in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night.

Ashwin Veeramani ,14, is a 8th grade student at Incarnate Word Academy. He was one of 12 spellers to make to the final round.

The word that stumped him was dépaysé, which means displaced.

Ashwin made it to the finals by correctly spelling: ingénue and botuliform in the preliminary rounds and daphnean and extincteur in the semi-finals. Results from a written test also played into the selection of the finalists.

Veeramani was the only Ohio speller to reach the finals.

He finished 33rd in the 2013 Bee.

Ashwin's family is no stranger to the National Spelling Bee. His sister, Anamika, won the 2010 contest.


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