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Coaching

Q&A: Scripps co-champion Christopher Serrao, Lehigh Valley spelling bee ace, on how to win by Kayla Dwyer (The Morning Call)
Spelling bee veteran offers master class in composure by Ben Nuckols (Associated Press)
Broken bee? Spelling experts say tougher words are out there by Ben Nuckols (Associated Press)

” Siyona Mishra, who finished ninth in 2015 and coached this year’s co-champion Christopher Serrao, said tricking up the word list is easy.

“You could go to geographical words, names of tribes of people,” the 15-year-old Siyona said. “Genus names, some slangy words are also a bit more difficult, not in the sense that they’re hard to spell but they’re a lot more unpredictable. They don’t follow language patterns.” “

Competition

Orlando student advances to semifinals of Scripps National Spelling Bee by Eileen Holliday (Orlando Sentinel)
National Spelling Bee to offer wild cards; expand field by Ben Nuckols (Associated Press)
Know what a zubrowka is? This 12-year old won $10,000 after spelling the word by Ganesh Kumar Radha Udayakumar (Times of India)