Holy Trinity student advances to national spelling bee


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Dhyana Mishra, an eighth-grade student at Holy Trinity, holds a trophy after winning the Brevard District Spelling Bee on Feb. 21.

Courtesy of Tapas Mishra

Dhyana Mishra, an eighth-grade student at Holy Trinity, has earned a berth in the 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

“I’m really excited,” said Mishra, who spelled “dudgeon,” which according to Merriam-Webster means a fit or state of indignation. “I’m hoping to represent … Central Florida really well. It’s going to be a great experience.”

Mishra said she will take part in a written test prior to the oral portion of the bee, which will be held in late May. If she passes that portion, she’ll move on to the oral spelling competition.

She added that she’s been buoyed by support from family, friends and the Holy Trinity community.

“It’s so great to hear everyone’s support,” Mishra said. “Everyone’s part of this journey. It’s not just me.”

Viera-Suntree area school students excelled at the Brevard District Spelling Bee, with Mishra finishing first and Viera Charter School eighth-grader Brianna Nguyen finishing second in the annual event held Feb. 21 at the Brevard County School Board building in Viera.

“I was pretty confident with the words and, even if I didn’t know one, I would just use my pattern and techniques,” said Mishra, who spelled the word “pelagial,” which according to oxforddicationaries.com relates to the main body of water of a lake or sea, to win the Brevard District Spelling Bee.

This year’s victory accounted for her fourth county spelling bee title in five years. Mishra said she won as fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth grader. As a fifth grader, she finished second in the county bee but gained a berth into the sectional bee where she won and advanced to the national bee.

Dhyana Mishra said she was and is inspired to spell by her sister, Stuti, who finished as the runner-up in the 85th Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2012 held in Washington, D.C.

Nguyen, who said she had only participated in the district bee once before, also was ecstatic about her performance.

“I feel super proud of myself actually,” said Nguyen, who said she plans on attending Viera High School next year. “It’s a very big accomplishment for me actually. …. It’s a milestone for me in a way.”

Both competitors also share similarities in that they both credited teachers with helping them, are both advocates for studying words and stressed the importance of remaining calm when participating.

“I find that that's one of the hardest parts is you're spelling orally in front of a lot of people,” Nguyen said. “... A lot of people can get creeped out by that."

Mishra said prospective spellers can learn new words even when they’re out and about.

“Look around at words when you’re in the store,” Mishra added. “Just look at the world around you.”