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Utah whiz kids hope to make history at Scripps National Spelling Bee

Posted at 8:02 AM, May 27, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-27 10:02:58-04

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — With the final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee scheduled for next week, is this the year a Utah student is named champion for the first time in history?

Three Utah students are taking their shot, including South Jordan seventh-grader Surya Kapu of American Preparatory Academy.

Monticello' Jocelyn Francom shows she has the skills to be spelling bee champ below

Monticello student ready to represent Utah in the Scripps National Spelling Bee

Surya has already experienced the national competition, making it to the grand stage in Washington three years ago as a fourth-grader.

"I was nervous and it was kind of stressful, but at the same time it was exciting," he said. "It was really amazing and I have so many memories from that."

This year, Kapu believes he's improved "a lot" from his last appearance, and is heading to the finals with the attitude of a winner.

John challenges the team below in the first-ever Good Day Utah Spelling Bee

Good Day Utah crew tests their spelling skills

Scripps' National Spelling Bee is a compelling event to watch, and has inspired documentaries and feature films about the competition, but this year may make history if a Utah student is finally crowned as champion.