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Mississippi’s Newest Champion Speller

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 20 Mar 2012 04:49pm | comments

Mississippi's newest champion speller will soon head  to Washington D.C. to represent the state in the Scripts National Spelling Championship. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports how the Winston Academy 5th grader is following in a family members footsteps.

After out spelling 26 contestants in more than 30 rounds of eliminations 10 year old Dev Jaiswal  got the word that made him a champion.   

"Mordacious. M-O-R-D-A-C-I-O-U-S, mordacious."

"That's correct."

Spelling that one word correctly made the Winston Academy 5th grader Mississippi's newest champion speller. Jaiswal  says it's an honor that he shares with his big sister---literally.

"My sister definitely, she really  inspired me. She's been doing spelling bee's ever since, since she was in  third grade. And she won in 2009 and she really inspired me to do this."

"You didn't seem like you were stumped at all."

"Uhm, a couple of words I was stumped on and I was like please. please, be right."

The 2012 Mississippi Championship Spelling Bee is a keystone of  the Mississippi Association of Educators. MAE President. Kevin Gilbert believes  this event is important because it inspires students to reach for greater heights.

"And the 27 individuals here today have been motivated. They have gone through school bee's. They have gone through county bee's and now they are here competing in the state level. That's awesome and to see them perform as they performed today your heart just goes out. And my compliments to their parents and the educators who got them this far."

Jaiswal will travel to Washington D.C. this May to represent Mississippi at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Lawayne Childrey, MPB N-E-W-S.

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