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Sunil Ramrakhiani doesn’t believe his son – the Journal Gazette representative at Scripps National Spelling Bee – when he attributes his success to luck.
These are opportunities for meeting capacities, said Ramrakhiani.
Whatever the reason, 13-year-old Ishan Ramrakhiani has no shortage of them either. He qualifies for the bee quarterfinals scheduled for Tuesday.
“I’m pretty nervous because all the rounds this time around are going to be from anywhere in the dictionary,” Ishan said on Sunday.
The Canterbury school student passed Saturday’s prelims, correctly spelling “huapango” and “fescue” and defining “pallor” – the abnormal lack of color.
“Obviously he’s doing his best,” his father said. “He carries the flame of northeast Indiana.
This year, spellings compete virtually in the first three rounds of competition. Ten to 12 spellings will advance to the final rounds in person on July 8 at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida.
The national spelling contest was canceled last year due to COVID-19.
Ishan said he was surprised he wasn’t knocked out on Saturday because he wasn’t sure about the “fescue” he faced in the third and final round.
Afterward, Ishan checked the words he examined and realized there was one on the list, his father said. In this case, Ramrakhiani continued, knowing his son’s native language – French – helped.
Ishan’s preparations include studying the words he misspelled, his father said.
Ramrakhiani expects his son to remember his national experience in the spelling contest, regardless of the outcome.
“The journey,” he says, “is as important as the destination. “