Florida Teenager Dev Shah Wins 2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee with ‘Psammophile’
In a stunning show of spelling prowess, 14-year-old Dev Shah of Florida has won the 2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee with the final word “psammophile.” The term refers to an organism that thrives in sandy environments.
Shah, an eighth-grader from Orlando, beat out hundreds of other spellers from across the country to take home the top prize. He credited his victory to hard work and dedication.
“I’m so excited and grateful for this opportunity,” Shah said in a post-win interview. “I’ve been studying for months, and it’s amazing to see it all pay off.”
The Scripps National Spelling Bee is one of the most prestigious spelling competitions in the world, attracting skilled contestants from all over the United States and beyond. This year’s event was held virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Shah’s win was met with congratulations and praise from fellow spellers, judges, and viewers alike. Many noted his calm and collected demeanor throughout the competition, as well as his impressive vocabulary and spelling skills.
“He’s truly a master of words,” remarked one judge. “We’re thrilled to crown him as this year’s champion.”
Shah’s victory marks the second time in as many years that a Floridian has won the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Last year’s winner, 13-year-old Zaila Avant-garde, hailed from Harvey, Louisiana.
As for what’s next for Shah, he says he plans to continue his studies and pursue his love of language and communication. “Spelling and words are my passion,” he said. “I can’t wait to see where they take me next.”