Chesterfield boy places fourth at National Spelling Bee
By Tom Weber, KWMU
St. Louis, MO – The National Spelling Bee finished Thursday night with an eighth grader from Chesterfield placing fourth for the second straight year.
This was the fourth and final try for Rajiv Tarigopula, who is no longer eligible.
He aced words like yizkor and sporran, but tripped up in the 11th round on the word heiligenschein.
Rajiv told KWMUs Tom Weber this morning that he's disappointed he didn't win but proud that he matched last year's fourth place finish. He also says this year's competition was tougher.
Rajiv's words (Wednesday and Thursday)
heiligenschein (Misspelled: hylegenschein)