Hempstead (WALK) - Can you spell "rorqual"? Jhanvi Ravishankar of Nesconset can, and because of that, she's headed to the National Spelling Bee.
Jhanvi, 12, won the Hofstra Long Island Regional Spelling Bee yesterday, beating out 107 other competitors from all over Long Island in the process. Her victory means that Jhanvi will represent Long Island at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, coming up in May in Washington DC.
40 of the spelling bee participants advanced to the final round with Jhanvi, who's an 8th grader at Great Hollow Middle School in Nesconset. The entire final round took 2 hours to complete, while the final two battled for 15 minutes. There was another intriguing twist: the final five all spelled a word incorrectly in the same round, which meant that all 5 got to return for the next round.
Coming in second was Jenna Miller, 12, of Wantagh. She is in the 6th grade at Wantagh Middle School.
Jhanvi won a dictionary, $100 savings bond, subscription to Encyclopaedia Britannica and an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Spelling Bee with an adult.
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