Alpine Vista 8th grader Jaskarn Singh spells perfectly at bee

Jaskarn Singh, 8th grader at Alpine Vista School in Tulare, spells 19 consecutive words correctly to win Tulare County Spelling Championship

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TULARE COUNTY – Jaskarn Singh has probably never seen a vamplate, or even known what one was prior to last Wednesday’s 2018 Tulare County Spelling Championship, but that didn’t stop him from spelling the word correctly.

Jaskarn Singh (center), an 8th grader at Alpine Vista School in Tulare, correctly spelled the word vamplate to win the Tulare County Spelling Championship on Feb. 21. Photo courtesy of Tulare County Office of Education.

Jaskarn Singh, an 8th grader at Alpine Vista School in Tulare, correctly spelled the word vamplate to win the Tulare County Spelling Championship on Feb. 21. Photo courtesy of Tulare County Office of Education.

The word, which refers to a metal plate mounted on a lance in front of the grip to protect the hand, gave the 8th grade student from Alpine Vista School in Tulare the championship in the 19th round of the countywide spelling bee. The contest lasted from approximately 9:26 a.m. to 3:39 p.m. after Singh emerged victorious from a field of 225 spellers from throughout the county. Singh spelled 19 consecutive words correctly edging out second place winner Hannah Cooper, a homeschooled 7th grader, and third place winner Saksham Narwal, a 7th grader from Live Oak Middle School in Tulare.

Singh’s words throughout the contest included many words you might recognize – such as periscope, escargot, dachshund, and preposterous – but many that are unfamiliar to most adults and middle schoolers. Those words included:

quisling – a person who betrays their own country by aiding an invading enemy, often serving later in a puppet government;

novillero – a young bullfighter who has not yet been named a matador;

pfeffernuss – a small hard highly spiced cookie made traditionally for the Christmas holidays.

Singh advances to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, from May 27 to June 1.

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