State spelling bee winner wins with horripilation


State News

March 13, 2019 - 10:05 AM

Sukesh Kamesh, left, of Kingman Middle School won the state spelling bee Saturday. Rebecca Xue, Johnson County, placed second. The two will represent Kansas at the Scripps National Spellling Bee in Washington, D.C. Photos by Wendy Nugent


WICHITA — The word with which second-time state winner Sukesh Kamesh from Kingman Middle School won the 2019 Sunflower State Spelling Bee could very well have been something he experienced during the event on Saturday at Newman University in Wichita.

The word, horripilation, can happen when someone is excited or afraid, and Kamesh had his share of jitters that day, since he said he was too nervous to eat lunch.

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