Paola eighth-grader takes fifth place at state spelling bee

Photo by Wendy Nugent

The top five spellers in the 2019 Sunflower State Spelling Bee (from left) Carden Escobar, Sukesh Kamesh, Rebecca Xue, Jaydon Noah Hahn and Asher Wolfe wait to start the next round Saturday, March 9, at Newman University in Wichita. Escobar, a Paola Middle School eighth-grader representing Miami County, took fifth place. Kamesh, of Kingman County, won the bee after about 20 rounds by correctly spelling “horripilation.”

WICHITA — A Paola Middle School eighth-grader finished among the top spellers in the state on Saturday, March 9, at Newman University in Wichita.

Carden Escobar, representing Miami County, took fifth place in the 2019 Sunflower State Spelling Bee, according to final results distributed by the Kansas Press Association, which put on the bee.

One student from each of the state’s 105 counties could compete in the bee. The students were winners of their countywide bees or designated alternates. Eighty-five students participated in the bee, according to the final results.

The surrounding area also was represented well, with Sophia Jones of Anderson County taking sixth place and Makia Looney of Linn County finishing in 13th place.

Sukesh Kamesh, a middle school student from Kingman County, won the state bee, according to the final results.

The other top five spellers were Rebecca Xue of Johnson County, second place; Asher Wolfe of Douglas County, third place; Jaydon Noah Hahn, of Hodgeman County, fourth place; and Escobar in fifth.

The top two finishers are eligible to represent Kansas at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

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