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Kauai eighth grader wins Hawaii State Spelling Bee

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:39 p.m. HST, Mar 24, 2013

Akira Takabayashi, an eighth grader from Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School on Kauai, was named the Hawaii State Spelling Bee Champion Saturday night and will represent Hawaii in the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Takabayashi correctly spelled “lamentation” to win the 2013 aio Hawaii State Spelling Bee aired on PBS Hawaii.

The competition featured 14 fifth to eighth graders representing Honolulu, Central Oahu, Leeward Oahu, Windward Oahu, Big Island, Maui County and Kauai.

The 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition will be held in late May and will air live on ESPN.

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allie wrote:
I saw this. Congrats! You know the tv show indicated that this wonderful boy also had a two-parent devoted set of parents. It is a clue to what children need.
on March 24,2013 | 11:36AM
olos73 wrote:
Congratulations Akira. Good luck in Washington, D.C.
on March 24,2013 | 03:22PM
onlyaloha wrote:
Congratulations! Just my 5 cents....In this day and age, spelling and geography bees are pretty much obsolete. Memorization is not as important as before. Rather critical thinking and emotional intelligence. Still, congratulations 100%. Question, what other national or state competitions can we promoted or create to foster our keiki to succeed in life?
on March 24,2013 | 05:15PM
false wrote:
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on March 24,2013 | 08:16PM
olos73 wrote:
Agree with @false. I didn't see until later on news about his story. English as a second language and yet Akira accomplishes this much. Go for it, and bring home the National title.
on March 25,2013 | 08:16AM
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