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But Can They Spell Octogenarian? We'll See at the National Spelling Bee

By Rosemary Jean-LouisPosted May 29, 2012 10:00am (EDT)
Simola Nayak (left) and Rachael Cundey (right) are Georgia's representatives to the National Spelling Bee.

Simola Nayak (left) and Rachael Cundey (right) are Georgia's representatives to the National Spelling Bee.


Because they could spell “insidious” and “flamboyant” Simola Nayak and Rachael Cundey are Georgia’s representatives competing in this week’s three day National Spelling Bee. The fierce word battle starts tomorrow. It’s as fascinating to watch as the Olympics because the students, though young show, the same discipline, intensity, and competitive spirit as physical athletes.

Here are some facts about Nayak, Cundey and other aspects of the contest. Good luck to them!

  • Simola Nayak is one of Georgia’s representatives. She is 13 years old and attends Henderson Middle School, Chamblee, Georgia. She won by spelling the word "tautologous. She enjoys reading and digital photography.
  • Rachael Cundey is the other Georgia representative. She is also 13 years old and attends Lakeside Middle School, Evans, Georgia. She won by spelling the words “insidious” and “flamboyant.” Cundey is a veteran. This is her fourth trip to the championships. Her favorite subject is math and she wants to become a cardiologist.

Other Cool Spelling Bee Facts

  • Lori Anne Madison, from Woodridge, Virginia, is the youngest competitor in the contest at just age 6. She is apparently a old hand at spelling bees. She entered her first one when she was just three years old.
  • Indian Americans have won the last four National Spelling Bees and the last 13.
  • Some of the spellers’ favorite words are: cwm, serendipity and humuhumunukunukuapuaa.
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