After 14 rounds of intense spelling competition at the Arizona Educational Foundation Spelling Bee, the finalists were whittled down to two competitors: Nila, a Cadette from Troop 1594, and Christopher, the returning champion from last year’s bee.
Nila and Christopher faced off in the final spell-off, which lasted six rounds. When Christopher misspelled the word “effraction,” Nila corrected his spelling, and spelled her word correctly: “salvific.”
Her reward was $800, a dictionary, a Rosetta Stone language course and an all-expenses paid trip to Washing D.C. to compete in the 87th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee.
May 28 marked the first day of the national competition, where Nila placed 47th out of 281. This is a huge feat, considering students from around the world compete to be in the bee. She was four points shy of making it to the semi-finals. The competition ends May 29.
Nila has quite the resume for a 12-year old seventh grader. In addition to being one of the top spellers in the nation, Nila has been a Girl Scout since she was a Brownie, is in the National Junior Honor Society, the drama club, the color guard and plays the French horn and viola.Her dedication, hard work and courage are exemplary of the values taught through Girl Scouting. Way to go Nila!
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