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Oro Valley eighth-grader competes in Scripps National Spelling Bee

Posted at 10:02 PM, Jun 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-16 01:02:07-04

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — An eighth-grader from an Oro Valley school competed in the quarterfinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee Tuesday.

BASIS school eighth-grader, Tanish Doshi lost in the quarterfinals round in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, incorrectly spelling the word "welkin," which means heaven or sky.

KGUN 9 caught up with Doshi after the loss, and he tells us what got him this far in the spelling bee.

"Learning a different language really helps with spelling because you see how different languages relate to English. And at really high levels for things like the spelling bee. I think you have to learn a lot about the etymology and history of words," Doshi said.

This was Doshi's final year of eligibility to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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On Saturday, Doshi advanced to the quarterfinals after spelling the word 'trochlea' correctly in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

In March, he competed in the 2021 Arizona Spelling Bee.