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A Danny Almonte in the National Spelling Bee?

Thursday, May 28, 2009 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 12:03 PM, under , ,

I had to catch a little bit of the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee semifinals on ESPN this morning. When I brought it up on ESPN360, Alex Wells from San Diego was spelling:


The intro lower 3rd graphic said he is a 13-year old 8th grader. !3 years old? You would never guess it looking at him and hearing him. Could be be the Danny Almonte of the spelling bee world? Nah, not likely. Oh and he missed the word, doubling the s.

Here is a list of this morning's semi-finalists:

Speller Age Hometown
Esther Park 13 Little Rock, Arkansas
Brandon Whitehead 13 El Centro, California
Paige Vasseur 13 Valencia, California
Josephine Kao 14 Roseville, California
Alex Wells 13 San Diego, California
Ramya Auroprem 13 San Jose, California
Claudine Broussard 13 Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, Canada
Laura Newcombe 10 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Veronica Penny 11 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Vincent Medina 14 Coral Springs, Florida
Miguel Gatmaytan 13 Ocala, Florida
Serena Skye Laine-Lobsinger 13 West Palm Beach, Florida
Talmage Nakamoto 14 Kealakekua, Hawaii
Kyle Mou 13 Peoria, Illinois
Aishwarya Pastapur 13 Springfield, Illinois
Vaibhav Vavilala 14 Indianapolis, Indiana
Kennyi Aouad 13 Terre Haute, Indiana
Shari-Jo Miller 11 Mandeville PO, Manchester, Jamaica
Kavya Shivashankar 13 Olathe, Kansas
Sidharth Chand 13 Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Brent Henderson 14 Blue Springs, Missouri
Tussah Heera 13 Las Vegas, Nevada
Avvinash Radakrishnan 13 Nashua, New Hampshire
Michael Sun 14 Paramus, New Jersey
Kevin Drew 14 Wellsville, New York
Sriram Hathwar 9 Painted Post, New York
Neetu Chandak 13 Seneca Falls, New York
Zachary Zagorski 13 Oceanside, New York
Siraj Sindhu 14 Watertown, New York
Tino Cusi Delamerced 13 Cincinnati, Ohio
Anamika Veeramani 13 North Royalton, Ohio
Nicholas Rushlow 11 Pickerington, Ohio
Connor Aberle 13 Portland, Oregon
Sukanya Roy 12 South Abington, Pennsylvania
Keiko Bridwell 14 Woodruff, South Carolina
Akshay Raghuram 10 Amarillo, Texas
Mouctika Paluri 13 Carrollton, Texas
Aditya Chemudupaty 12 Pearland, Texas
Andrew Traylor 14 Staunton, Virginia
Tim Ruiter 12 Centreville, Virginia
Eleanor Runde 14 Seattle, Washington

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