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Tampa Bay’s Bruhat Soma won the 2024 Scripps National Spelling Bee!

It took a tiebreaking round against the other remaining competitor, but at the end of the 2024 Scripps National Spelling Bee, St. Pete-based Bruhat Soma correctly spelled 29 out of 30 words correctly, trouncing Faizan Zaki from Texas, who managed to get nine of them right.

He won with the word “abseil” (pronounced “ab-SAIL”), a term used in rock and mountain climbing to descend a vertical surface by using a rope tied around your body and secured to a point above. It’s used more in the UK than in North America, and it’s a synonym for rappel.

In his honor, these billboards have been popping up alkl over the area:

Congrats, Bruhat, and thanks for representing all of us Asian overachievers in Tampa Bay!

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