Akshra Paimagam, 12, a sixth-grader at Randolph Middle School, was crowned the winner of the 61st annual Charlotte Observer Spelling Bee on Monday. The competition was held at ImaginOn’s McColl Family Theatre. Théoden Janes
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It was a qualifier for the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee, to be held in late May in Washington, D.C.
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Among the words Paimagam spelled correctly were kasha, duenna, Pickelhaube and hiatus (for the win).
Kasha is a soft food made from cooked buckwheat or similar grain. ... A duenna is an older woman acting as a governess and companion in charge of girls, especially in a Spanish family. ... A Pickelhaube is a spiked helmet worn by German soldiers. ... And a hiatus is a pause or gap in a sequence, series or process.