It’s time for a real life version of “Are You Smarter Than an 8th Grader?” Grab someone who thinks they’re smart and see if they can spell the words 14 year old Dev Shah from Largo did tonight to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee!
The 14 year-old walked away with $50,000 and the National Spelling Bee trophy. He out-spelled 228 other contestants to get to the final round. According to ABC Action News, Dev has been seriously competing in spelling bee’s in the summer of fifth grade. When it came down to the final round of just two spellers, Dev spelled his word correctly, while his competitor did not. Dev then had to spell one more correct word for the championship title. He jumped from 51st and 76th place in previous competitions to first!
Here are the 15 words Dev spelled correctly and their meanings from Merrian-Webster. I can’t even pronounce half of them and that’s supposedly my job.