Gokul Venkatachalam faces new rules at Scripps National Spelling Bee

6:00 AM, May 29, 2013   |    comments
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CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (KSDK) - A Chesterfield boy will be among the a group of the best spellers in the national who will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee Wednesday.

Gokul Venkatachalam is a 12-year-old Parkway West Middle School student who finished 10th place last year.

He will compete in two rounds of spelling Weednesday, followed by the semi-finals and finals Thursday.  You can watch Gokul compete on ESPN 3.

Gokul and the rest of the spellers have had to contend with new rules.

When the competition began Tuesday, the spellers in Round One faced the traditional 24-word written spelling test with a twist: It included three separate sections of vocabulary words for competitors to define.

And when the first day of public spelling begins on Wednesday, spellers will no longer have a chance to spell two words before facing elimination at the end of Round Three. The dreaded elimination bell will go off the first time they misspell a word in Round Two.

Information from USA TODAY was used in this report.















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