Gwinnett speller falls short of finals at Scripps National Spelling Bee

Georgia’s spelling bee champion from Gwinnett made it to the third round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but a combined score of a written test and oral spelling fell short of getting him to the finals on Thursday.

Abhi Kapaganty, who recently finished fifth grade at Suwanee’s Burnette Elementary, spelled hypallage and arguendo correctly earlier in the week. But he didn’t score high enough with those words and a written test to advance to be among the top 40 finalists.

Hypallage is a transposition of the natural relations of two elements in a proposition, while arguendo is Latin and means “for the sake of argument.”

“The overall experience has been great for him, got to meet and learn for other participants, he is now more determined to better next year with more studying,” his father, Srinivas Kapaganty, told the Daily Post.