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John Adams Middle student misses cut by one point at National Spelling Bee
John Adams Middle student misses cut by one point at National Spelling Bee

WASHINGTON — Despite correctly spelling “parfait” and “mamushi,” Varun Kukkillaya for the second year in a row came one point short of advancing to the Scripps National Spelling Bee semifinal round.

While that...

Gazette-Mail speller has high hopes for final bee (with video)
Gazette-Mail speller has high hopes for final bee (with video)

His spelling career may be coming to an end, but Varun Kukkillaya has no regrets.

After failing to advance past preliminary rounds in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee, the 14-year-old John Adams Middle School eighth-grader outlasted local...

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