When she finished spelling the word, Sukanya, who said she knew the correct answer, reportedly broke into a smile. The eighth-grader, who also speaks Bengali, beat 274 other spellers in 20 rounds of spelling action.
The action started on Tuesday, when all the spellers took this 25-word written test. Their scores on this portion carried over into Rounds Two and Three, after which the field was whittled to 41 spellers. That’s when the semifinals begin.