Updated: Friday, 15 Mar 2013, 9:17 AM EDT
Published : Friday, 15 Mar 2013, 9:17 AM EDT
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — Bridgeport seventh-grader Abram Goda has won a trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee after beating more than 50 other students in this year's statewide competition.
The News-Times of Danbury reports (http://bit.ly/15QuR44 ) that Abram won the Hearst Media Services Regional Spelling Bee on Thursday at Western Connecticut State University after correctly spelling "rubicelle," which is a red or orange gem material.
Abram is a 12-year-old student at the Multicultural Magnet School. Shrenik Kankaria of Stamford finished second after he couldn't spell "akaryote," a microscopic mass of protoplasm
Abram qualified for the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May.
The previous five state spelling bees were won by Danbury's Rahul Malayappan, who became too old to compete.
Information from: The News-Times, http://www.newstimes.com