In the News: Anurag Kashyap
Anurag made the news in Scholastic News Edition 4, September 5, 2005.
"Thank you so much," said Kashyap, an eighth-grader at Meadowbrook Middle School in Poway, California. "It means a lot to me that the whole school supports me."
In a matter of a week, Kashyap had gone from an ordinary middle school student to a national celebrity after he outlasted 272 of the country's top spellers at this year's spelling bee in Washington, D.C. After tying for 47th place last year, Kashyap had a modest goalto make it to the fifth round.
Instead, the 13-year-old made it all the way to the 19th and final round and was the last speller standing. Along the way, he correctly spelled tongue-twisters like "sphygmomanometer" and "ornithrohynchous." His winning word? "Appoggiatura," which means "melodic tone."
When it comes to performing under pressure, Kashyap is a seasoned veteran. Besides participating in this year's National Spelling Bee, he has also taken part in state math and science competitions, as well as California's Geography Bee.
As a ninth-grader, Kashyap will not be eligible to compete in next year's contest. But that hasn't stopped the straight-A student from looking forward to the future.
"There's always new areas to compete in . . ." says Kashyap, who hopes to someday attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "I want to be on the debate team, and there's still math competitions and Science Olympiad . . ."
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