Grayson County students battle it out in spelling bee competition

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VAN ALSTYNE, Tex. (KXII) -- "Despondency," said one student.

"Repugnance," said another student.

Nine Grayson County kids battled it out in a game of spelling.

"O-R-C-H-I-D-S," spelled out one competitor.

""A-Z-A-L-E-A," another competitor spelled out.

And some of the words were H-A-R-D.

"Can I start over," asked a student.

"Sanguine," said one student. "S-A-N-G-U-I-N-E."

Students as young as fourth graders and as old as seventh graders competed at the Grayson College South Campus in Van Alstyne for a chance to move on to the Dallas Spelling Bee.

"They're so excited and just smart kids," said the Grayson College south campus Dean, Kimberly Williams.

After 20 rounds, only one was left on top.

"C-O-R-D-I-L-E, cordial," said one competitor. "That's incorrect," a judge said.

And the champion of this year's Grayson County speling bee: a sixth grader from Dillingham Intermediate.

"It feels really good to win for a second time in a row," the winner of the spelling bee, Shomoy Kamal said.

Kamal said he studied for two hours each day to prepare for this spelling bee.

"Put in as much time in as you can each day," Kamal said.

If Kamal wins the Dallas bee in March, he could have a shot at the national spelling bee in Washington D.C.

And the winning word?

"Slaughter," Kamal said. "S-L-A-U-G-H-T-E-R."

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