Stone Hill’s Gandhari In National Spelling Bee Finals


Ashrita Gandhari, an eighth-grader from Stone Hill Middle School, has advanced to the Final Round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Ashrita will be one of 11 finalists in the July 8 competition at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex within Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida. The finals will begin at 8 p.m. July 8 and will be telecast on ESPN2 and ESPNU. The competition will last as many rounds as needed until a champion is declared.

Ashrita is the 2019 and 2021 champion of the Loudoun Regional Spelling Bee. She reached the finals after nine rounds of competition on Sunday. The word that put her in the finals was asterixis, defined as a motor disorder characterized by jerking movements (as of the outstretched hands) and associated with various encephalopathies due especially to faulty metabolism.

Loudoun County Public Schools has produced one National Spelling Bee champion: Daniel Greenblatt in 1984. Greenblatt captured the 56th National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling “luge.” He was the first national winner sponsored by a weekly newspaper, the Loudoun Times-Mirror.





Published June 29, 2021