Sahil Langote, an eighth-grader at Pierre S. Dupont Middle School, is the champion of the Delaware State Spelling Bee sponsored by St. Mark’s High School.
His winning word was “dubonnet” meaning a very dark, purplish red. The competition included spellers from 71 schools throughout the state and lasted 25 rounds. Isabel Palmer, a 6th grader at Hockessin Montessori School, finished in 2nd place and Sage Sawhney, a 6th grader at F. Neil Postlethwait Middle School, finished third.
Langote advances to compete in the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee in the Washington, D.C. area, and broadcast on ESPN channels May 29-31.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee provides the list of words for the regional competition. The bee reaches an estimated 11 million students across the country and in other parts of the world with the classroom materials it provides to enrolled schools.
The following students from diocesan Catholic schools participated in the Delaware State Spelling Bee:
Aubrie Novak – All Saints Catholic School
Bethany Adair – Christ the Teacher Catholic School
Caroline Jefferson – Holy Angels School
Asmita De – Holy Cross School
Hayden Simbulan – Immaculate Conception School
Evangeline Norfleet – Immaculate Heart of Mary School
Joseph Cini – St. Ann School
Evelina Padovani – St. Anthony of Padua Grade School
Michael Guarino – St. John the Beloved School