For a third time, he’s letter-perfect
After winning local spelling bee again, 11-year-old is headed to D.C. national contest
— reported by the Houston Chronicle
A Pearland student has won the Houston Chronicle Spelling Bee for the third time and will now compete in the national spelling competition in Washington, D.C.
Anjay Ajodha, a student at Pearland Junior High South, won the local spelling bee earlier this month by correctly spelling “oxyacetylene,” a chemistry term that means relating to or utilizing a mixture of oxygen and acetylene.
Anjay, 11, won the Houston spelling tournament last year and in 2003 at age 8, when he was the youngest national finalist in at least 25 years. He has won an expenses-paid trip, along with his parents, to the national finals, where he will compete against about 250 other spellers from across the country the week of May 29 to June 2.