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Most of us don't even know how to pronounce words like "oolemma" and "ogival," much less spell them. But two Houston-area students breezed into the Scripps National Spelling Bee by effortlessly spelling the complicated words.
Shobha Dasari, a sixth grader at Leon Sablatura Middle School in Pearland ISD, and Syamantak Payra, a seventh grader at Westbrook Intermediate School in Clear Creek ISD, became champions of the 2013 HoustonPBS Spelling Bee Saturday in a marathon competition that attracted 55 spellers from 42 southeast Texas counties.
The four-hour competition was televised live on Channel 8.
The two winners will represent the Southeast Texas region at the Scripps National Spelling Bee from May 28 - 30 in Washington, D.C. They will face 277 contestant spellers from across the country, aiming for victory and prizes worth more than $40,000.
And FYI: "Oolemma" is a cell membrane separating the interior of a cell from the outside environment while "ogval" is a distribution curve in which the frequencies are cumulative or a pointed arch.
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