A 12-year-old from Florida has won this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee : NPR

Bruhat Soma, 12, of Tampa, Fla., takes the stage with his family after winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee, in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday evening.

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The winner of this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee has been crowned.

Bruhat Soma, a 12-year-old from Florida, beat the competition Thursday with his spelling of “rappel,” a word used to describe descending a vertical surface with a rope attached to the body.

Soma correctly spelled 29 out of 30 words in Scripps’ second spelling test, in which competitors have 90 seconds to spell as many words given to them as possible.

“Well, I’m really excited,” Soma said shortly after being named the winner. “It was my goal this year to win, and I worked really hard, so I just put a lot of time into spelling, and now I’m really happy that I won. Like, I really can’t can’t describe it. I’m still shaking.

This was Soma’s third year at the national spelling bee. Last year he finished tied for 74th place and in 2022 he finished in 163rd place.

Winning moment from the 2024 Scripps National Spelling Bee

“At just 12 years old, Bruhat impressed with his display of knowledge and composure,” said Scripps CEO Adam Symson. “Scripps is proud to celebrate his achievement and that of all spellers. Their remarkable determination and perseverance is a big part of what makes Bee such an iconic cultural touchstone, with millions of fans tuning in live to connect with these students – embracing them in their defeats and celebrating them in their victories.

Soma will receive $50,000 in cash from Scripps, a medal and a trophy, among several other prizes.

Faizan Zaki of Texas came in second place and won $25,000, while Shrey Parikh and Ananya Prassanna of California and North Carolina, respectively, tied for third place. They will receive $12,500 each.

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