May 28, 2024 - News

Metro Atlanta students seek glory in Scripps National Spelling Bee

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Sarv Dharavane (left) and Matthew Baber. Photos: Courtesy of Scripps National Spelling Bee

Two of Georgia's sharpest students will show the world how to spell "eudaemonic." Let them hear our cheers back home.

The latest: Sarv Dharavane and Matthew Baber take the stage on Tuesday in the preliminary rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Meet your fighters: Dharavane, who was crowned state champion in March, is a fourth-grader at Austin Elementary School in Dunwoody. He loves origami, speed-solving Rubik's Cubes, playing the piano, computer programming and building with Lego bricks, according to Scripps.

  • The 10-year-old is a fan of the TV show "DuckTales," and his favorite animal is a stoat.

Baber, a 14-year-old eighth-grader at Rising Starr Middle School in Fayetteville, is "a true polymath with an insatiable thirst for knowledge and an unwavering commitment to his passions."

  • He's composed numerous pieces for the piano and cello and written one novel, practices jiu-jitsu and digs math. He placed second in the state championship.

What's next: Preliminaries are on Tuesday. Quarterfinals and semifinals are on Wednesday. Finals are on Thursday. ION will air the semifinals and finals, beginning at 8pm.


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