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Florida's spellbinding teen Dev Shah wins Scripps National Spelling Bee 2023, but do you know which state has 15 titles?

ByPaurush Omar
Jun 03, 2023 09:25 PM IST

The Scripps National Spelling Bee has once again captivated audiences with its nail-biting competition

The Scripps National Spelling Bee has once again captivated audiences with its nail-biting competition, showcasing the exceptional spelling abilities of young prodigies. This year, 14-year-old Dev Shah from Largo, Florida, emerged victorious by flawlessly spelling the elusive word “psammophile.”

Dev Shah (14) from Largo has won the Scripps National Spelling Bee 2023.
Dev Shah (14) from Largo has won the Scripps National Spelling Bee 2023.

While Shah's triumph is a remarkable achievement for Florida, it is Texas that reigns supreme as the powerhouse of spelling champions. With an astonishing 15 winners hailing from the Lone Star State, Texas has cemented its position as the undisputed ruler of the spelling bee kingdom.

Texas: The Unrivaled Champion Factory

Since its inception in 1925, the Scripps National Spelling Bee has witnessed a staggering number of brilliant spellers from various states. However, none have come close to Texas when it comes to producing top-grade wordsmiths.

According to data compiled by Bet Texas, a total of 15 spelling champions have emerged from the great state, leaving other contenders in awe. Ohio and Pennsylvania, with nine and seven winners respectively, are the closest runners-up, but Texas' dominance remains unparalleled.

Southern States Join the Spelling Bee Elite

While Texas steals the spotlight, other Southern states have also made their mark on the prestigious spelling bee stage. Tennessee proudly boasts five champions, while Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, and Virginia have each produced two National Spelling Bee winners.

With Dev Shah's remarkable victory, Florida has now joined the ranks of states with three spelling bee champions, solidifying its position as a rising force in the competition.

2023 Competition and the Texas Contenders

This year's Scripps National Spelling Bee showcased the fierce competition among 21 talented Texans vying for the championship title. With a strong presence in the contest, Texas had a promising chance to secure yet another victory.

However, fate had a different plan, and it was a Floridian who emerged triumphant by spelling the challenging word "psammophile." A fitting word for a Florida resident, as it refers to organisms that thrive in sandy environments, showcasing Shah's deep understanding of his home state's unique ecosystem.

As the 2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee draws to a close, Texas remains the unrivaled champion factory, continuously producing exceptional spellers year after year. With Florida's rising star, Dev Shah, claiming the title, the Sunshine State adds another feather to its cap, proving that it too has the prowess to compete on the national stage.

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The world eagerly awaits the next installment of this exhilarating competition, where young wordsmiths will once again captivate us with their exceptional spelling abilities.

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