“Veracious” is an adjective from the Latin word verax, meaning speaking or representing the truth. For Marvin Ridge eighth grader Prakash Mishra, it was also the key to winning the Union County Public Schools’ spelling bee for a second straight year.
“I’m excited,” Prakash said shortly after the competition, held Wed, Jan 19 at Monroe’s Central Academy of Technology and Arts. “I didn’t know what to expect. I was very nervous, but it came through for me. I had a feeling I would at least come into the top five.”
Prakash said he studies extensively before a competition, at least an hour a day and much longer on the weekends. “I’ve studied as much as I possibly could over the breaks, on those snow days,” he said. “I’ve been going through the spelling words. Usually on the weekends and days we have off. I just barrel through the words.”
Prakash said he feels knowing how to spell correctly is important because it helps people understand languages besides the English language. “The English language pulls from other languages, and through that you kind of get to know other cultures, because if they create a word for something, it’s important to that culture,” he said. “So it’s kind of like a way of globalizing your mind.”
His parents, Sanjay and Maitriyee Mishra, who were on hand again this year for their son’s victory, said as hard as he worked, he deserved to win the title. Both parents, especially his father, work with Prakash to prepare for each competition.
“He enjoys studying,” his father, Sanjay Mishra said. “It’s in his heart. I never have to say, ‘Prakash, let’s go study.’ He does it on his own.”
Prakash will now represent UCPS at the Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee on Feb. 14, 2011, at ImaginOn in Charlotte.
The runner-up in the UCPS 2011 Spelling Bee was Hayley Growcock, a seventh grader at Piedmont Middle. Growcock will represent the school system in the event Prakash cannot attend. She made it through 22 rounds of the competition, but lost the battle on the word “transience,” an adjective meaning lasting only for a short time; as in “a transient cold spell.”
At the close of competition, Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis, congratulated all competitors. “You’re all winners,” he said. “You had to win in your class, and then you had to win your school’s spelling bee. Then you came here to represent your school. All of you represented your school and your family with dignity and pride today. I’m so impressed with the poise and grace that you showed.”
– Information for article taken from Union County Public Schools