“meritocracy” — “A system or organization in which the talented are chosen and moved ahead on the basis of their achivement.”
With the correct spelling of that word, Akash Vukoti was once again crowned top speller of San Angelo, regaining the crown from competitor Kasey Torres, who took top honors in 2018.
Eighteen spellers were chosen to represent their schools after winning top honors in their respective spelling contests. Round after round, the dreaded “ding” of the bell — the sound of a misspelled word — signaled the elimination the competitor.
The top three winners for 2019 are Akash Vukoti (San Angelo Christian Home School), first place; Kasey Torres (Cornerstone Christian Middle School), second place; and Davis Bailey (Angelo Catholic Middle School), third place.
One word was challenged and was reviewed in video/audio replay. A judge thought the speller had said “d-a-r-r-y” instead of “d-a-i-r-y.” Upon review, the decision was the word was spelled correctly.
The local San Angelo Elks Lodge #1880 used an Elks National Foundation Grant of $2,000 with an additional $3,000 of local Elks dollars, to help make it the major sponsor the bee.
Vukoti and chaperones were awarded an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, held during Spelling Bee week, held the last week of May, 2019. [CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION]