“Florida Teenager Dev Shah Wins National Spelling Bee with ‘Psammophile’ as Final Word”

14-year-old Dev Shah from Florida has won the Scripps National Spelling Bee after correctly spelling the word “psammophile”. The eighth grader beat out 563 other contestants from all over the United States to take home the prestigious title and a cash prize of $50,000.

Shah had been practicing for the competition for months, studying over 10,000 words. He told reporters that he was nervous but confident leading up to the final round. “I just tried to stay calm and focused and remember all the words I had studied,” he said.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee has been held annually since 1925 and is open to contestants up to the eighth grade. This year’s competition was held virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Shah’s victory has been celebrated by his family, friends, and community. “We are so proud of Dev and all the hard work he put into this,” said his mother. “He’s always had a passion for words and language, and it’s amazing to see him achieve something like this.”

Shah is now looking forward to taking a break from spelling and enjoying his summer vacation before heading back to school in the fall.