SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A 12-year-old student from San Jose reached the Top 10 in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC on Thursday.
Rutvik Gandhasri, a 7th grader at Chaboya Middle School, spelled four words correctly in the Final Round that started Thursday morning. The round began with 45 spellers.READ MORE: Vigil Set for Saturday in Santa Rosa to Bring Attention to Search for Missing Mom
To get to the final round, Rutvik competed in preliminary rounds earlier this week, which included a written test.READ MORE: Warriors, Chase Center to Require Fans Show Proof of COVID Booster Shots
Rutvik earned a spot in the National Spelling Bee after winning the CBS Bay Area Spelling Bee in March. In a 14 round contest with 48 other students, he correctly spelled the word “Jarabe,” a noun for a Mexican dance, to win the local competition. Rutvik was the runner up in the 2015 CBS Bay Area Spelling Bee.
According to bee officials, 285 students from across the country are competing in this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee.MORE NEWS: Pacers Stun Curry, Warriors 121-117 in Overtime
The conclusion of the Spelling Bee will take place Thursday night.