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Westchester Sixth Grader Returns To National Spelling Bee

Sixth grader Harshita Shet advanced to the Scripps National Spelling Bee for a second time on Friday during Greenburgh Central Schools' fourth annual spelling bee.
Sixth grader Harshita Shet advanced to the Scripps National Spelling Bee for a second time on Friday during Greenburgh Central Schools' fourth annual spelling bee. Photo Credit: Greenburgh Central Schools

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Harshita Shet won the Greenburgh School District's fourth annual spelling bee championships at Theodore Young Community Center on Friday.

In May, the sixth grader will be going to Washington, D.C. for a second time to compete in the Scripps National Spelling bee championships, which is televised nationally.

Harshita won the last two local spelling bee competitions and had an impressive showing in Washington, D.C. in May 2014. Harshita advanced to Round 4 of the Scripps National Spelling Bee: she placed 47th among 281 contestants.

This year's local competition, which was held on Friday, was very exciting.

Greenburgh twins Katie Eng and Emma Eng placed second and third and Adam Pasqual competed for about an hour for fourth place

The students advanced through 74 rounds of very difficult words which were provided by Scripps National Spelling bee. About 500 words were exhausted.

The students started the competition at 7 p.m. and the competition ended after 11:15 p.m.

"You'll be amazed at how smart the students are," Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner said. "If mistakes were made at the end it was because the finalists were tired. One thing for certain: these students and the other competitors are going to have very brilliant futures ahead of them."

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