DENVER (DP) - Ding! The sound of the bell signalled to 39 Colorado spellers that, for them, the 73rd annual Denver Post Spelling Bee was over.
Forty contestants began their Saturday by out-spelling the 245 other students who wanted to win the bee and a spot on the stage of the Colorado Convention Center. The finalists then went head-to-head to determine the state's top speller and the winner of a trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.
O-R-I-E-L brought Himanvi Kopuri, a 12-year-old 7th grader from Denver's Hamilton Middle School, the win.
Himanvi didn't miss any words on the 50-word written test used to whittle down the larger body of students, ranging from 3rd to 8th grade.
This was Himanvi's third
year in the competition. Her family immigrated to the U.S. from India in 2006.
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