2014 California Central Valley Spelling Bee FinalsLoading
  • David Garza, center, an 8th grader at St. Robert's school joined a record 66 students to compete in the California Central Valley Spelling Bee at the Scottish Rite Center on Wednesday March 05, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Mannat Singh, a 4th grader from Theodore Judah school, struggled to spell the word Gosling during the California Valley Spelling Bee finals at the Scottish Rite Center on Wednesday March 05, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Sixth graders Mario Baconawa, left, Varsha Gaddipati, and Matthew Garcia nervously wait their turn during the California Central Valley Spelling Bee finals at the Scottish Rite Center on Wednesday March 05, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Seventh grader Jasmine Kaur asks for more details before attempting to spell her word during the California Central Valley Spelling Bee at the Scottish Rite Center on Wednesday March 05, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Seventh grader Aditya Mishra, center, who won last year's spelling bee and went on to win this year concentrates while listening to an opponent during the California Central Valley Spelling Bee finals at the Scottish Rite Center on Wednesday March 05, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Sixth grader Peter Cao turns away from the microphone to focus on his word during the California Central Valley Spelling Bee finals at the Scottish Rite Center on Wednesday March 05, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • With his fingers crossed 5th grader Nick Petersen listens for his word during the California Central Valley Spelling Bee finals at the Scottish Rite Center on Wednesday March 05, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Fourth grader Reid Sperisen of Marengo Ranch school reacts after misspelling his word during the California Central Valley Spelling Bee finals at the Scottish Rite Center on Wednesday March 05, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Seventh grader Corrie Wilson of S.C.O.P.E. stressfully attempts to spell her word at the Scottish Rite Center on Wednesday March 05, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Veronika Jaecks, 10, celebrates making it to the afternoon round with her father Gelnn Jaecks during the lunchtime break at the California Central Valley Spelling Bee finals at the Scottish Rite Center on Wednesday March 05, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Fifth grader Sammi Guerrero reacts after they played back a word she spelled correctly during the California Central Valley Spelling Bee finals at the Scottish Rite Center on Wednesday March 05, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Eighth grader Jack Maglalang, a two time spelling bee winner, reacts after misspelling a word at the Scottish Rite Center on Wednesday March 05, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif. At right are spelling bee winner seventh grader Aditya Mishra and 2nd place winner Snehaa Ganesh Kumar of the 6th grade. Jack was the 2011 and 2012 winner. Aditya won in 2013.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Sixth grader Snehaa Ganesh Kumar smiles after spelling her word correctly while competing with Aditya Mishra for 1st place during the California Central Valley Spelling Bee finals at the Scottish Rite Center on Wednesday March 05, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif. She won 2nd place.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • At left Aditya Mishra, a 7th grader from Olympus school, looks over his 1st place trophy along with the other top ten winners during the California Central Valley Spelling Bee finals at the Scottish Rite Center on Wednesday March 05, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Cheryl Dell Publisher and President of the Sacramento Bee takes a selfie with two time champ Aditya Mishra, a 7th grader from Olympus school, after handing him his winning trophy, during the California Central Valley Spelling Bee finals at the Scottish Rite Center on Wednesday March 05, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
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