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THE winning word might have been clairvoyant but no psychic powers were needed as Sri Vaishnavi Kolluri confidently claimed the junior championship title at the Premier’s Spelling Bee.
Her victory unfortunately meant Mt Druitt’s Aneesh Chakravarthula was eliminated, but not before making it all the way to the seventh round on Wednesday.
“It felt pretty good to get that far,” Aneesh said.
He credited his mum and dad’s support and educational websites for helping him.
Ten-year-old Sri, from North Sydney Public School, narrowly beat Carlton South Public School’s Jessica Ashe, who stumbled on the word “cryptic” in the 12th round.
Sri said she felt the nerves kick in while standing in front of everyone.
“It feels really good to win. I was very nervous,” Sri said.
Premier Mike Baird and NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli were on hand to present awards to all 42 students from across the state who made it into the state finals.
“I don’t think any parent watching would be able to spell half the words, especially those in the final round – I know I couldn’t,” Mr Baird said. “I think they all did us proud.”
Runner-up Jessica Ashe and winner Sri Vaishnavi share a quiet moment and (inset) Aneesh Chakravarthula on stage.