Amarillo students advance in Scripps National Spelling Bee

Amarillo students advance in Scripps National Spelling Bee
Amarillo student competes in Scripps National Spelling Bee (Source: Gray Media)

AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - Two students from Amarillo are advancing to the next round of the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington D.C. this week.

Over 560 students have taken the stage to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee at the National Harbor just outside of our nation’s capital this week.

Eighth grader Mehtan Rahman of Amarillo is advancing to the next round of the spelling bee after correctly spelling the word “cortege”.

Rahman is involved in orchestra, MathCounts, Science Bowl, National Junior Honor Society and serves as the president of STUCO at his school.

Spelling isn’t Rahman’s only skill; he plays the cello, reads books and can solve a Rubik’s cube anytime, anyplace, anywhere in under 30 seconds.

After graduating, Rahman said his plan is to attend Yale University and then medical school to become a neurologist.

Eighth grade student Jeff Zheng of Amarillo is also advancing to tomorrow’s round after correctly spelling “kiva”.

Zheng is on his school’s Science Bowl team, MathCounts team, National Junior Classical League and Latin Club.

This isn’t Zheng’s first go around at the Scipps National Spelling Bee; he previously competed in 2017 where he tied for 41st and in 2018 where he tied for 42nd.

The first place winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee will win $50,000 and a trophy, a $2,500 cash prize and a reference library from Merriam-Webster, a trip to New York City to appear on Live with Kelly and Ryan, and a trip to Hollywood to be on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

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