Jhanvi Ravishankar, an eighth-grader at Great Hollow Middle School in Nesconset, NY, won the Hofstra Long Island Regional Spelling Bee at Hofstra University’s John Cranford Adams Playhouse.
Jhanvi’s winning word was “rorqual”, which is a type of whale. Prior words she answered correctly were “kakistocracy” and “verdigris”. The competition began with over 105 fourth- through eighth-grade students from schools across Nassau and Suffolk County. The top 40 students participated in the final spelldown competition.
First-runner-up in the competition was Jenna Miller from Wantagh Middle School in Wantagh, NY.
Today’s bee was the third to be held at Hofstra. Jhanvi Ravishankar will now represent Long Island at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May.
The head judge at the bee was Hofstra Assistant Professor of Writing Studies and Composition Lisa Dresner. Reading the words, their definitions and languages of origin was Jeffrey Morosoff, assistant professor of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations. The bee began with a welcome from Melissa Connolly, vice president of university relations for Hofstra University.