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Picture of the Day: Jasmeet Saroya wins Sutter County, CA spelling bee

"Andros Karperos' Jasmeet Saroya spells a word. Saroya spelled 'neurological' and 'obedient' correctly to win the contest. Nate Chute/Appeal-Democrat" (photo: appeal-democrat.com)

"Andros Karperos' Jasmeet Saroya spells a word. Saroya spelled 'neurological' and 'obedient' correctly to win the contest. Nate Chute/Appeal-Democrat" (photo: appeal-democrat.com)

Jasmeet Saroya, a sixth-grader at Andros Karperos School in Yuba City, California, won the Sutter County Spelling Bee two weeks ago.  Jasmeet described his hard work and dedication to his approach :

Jasmeet Saroya, who, along with second-place finisher Rio Miller of Lincrest Elementary School, will compete in the state elementary school spelling championship next month in Stockton, said for three hours a day, his dad would read a word and he’d try to spell it…

With every word, Jasmeet Saroya took the same approach: Asking the reader to repeat it at least once, and usually also asking for both the definition and a sentence using the word.

“I wanted to completely know what I was spelling,” he said, after he posed for pictures with Miller and third-place winner Sameer Gupta of Butte Vista Elementary School. “To be 100 percent.”

The California State Spelling Bee is to be held on April 21, 2012. Good luck, Jasmeet!

(nod to SALDEF for publicizing this story)

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