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12-Year-Old Boy Wins National Spelling Bee, Secures $50,000 Scholarship

A 12-year-olf student, Bruhat Soma from St. Petersburg has won the prestigious Scripps National spelling Bee, wins $50,000 scholarship.

Bruhat Soma, a 12-year-old seventh-grade student from St. Petersburg, Florida, has won the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee, held annually in Washington, D.C.

He outperformed contestants from across the United States, correctly spelling 29 words in a tiebreaker round, ultimately securing victory by an eight-word margin.

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Bruhat’s exceptional spelling skills earned him more than $50,000 in cash and prizes, along with a trophy. Reflecting on his win, Bruhat told the Washington Post, “I never expected this.

I always want to win. And this was, like, my main goal. It didn’t matter if I won all those other bees. This is what I was aiming for. So I’m just really happy that I won this.”

The competition began with eight finalists and culminated in a “spell-off” after a commercial break, where contestants had to spell against each other in a conventional round.

Bruhat successfully spelled words such as “brouette,” “adelantado,” “hyporcheme,” and “ashwagandha,” among others. His only error came with the word “porphyrio,” which he spelled “P-O-R-P-H-E-R-I-O.”

Bruhat had previously won three consecutive spelling bees, setting the stage for his triumph at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the most prestigious spelling competition in the English language in the United States. His victory has earned him national recognition and a substantial scholarship award.

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