Kern County Spelling Bee champion prepares for the finals in Washington, D.C.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The winner of this year’s Kern County Scripps National Spelling Bee is on her way to Washington, D.C.  The Norris Middle School student is using her family dictionary to spell champion in next week’s competition.

Frangibility is the word that gave Eesha Sohail the title Kern County Spelling Bee Scripps champion.

“This is something I’ve wanted for a very long time so, just to have this opportunity is truly amazing,” she said.

Sohail beat out more than twenty students and now faces 281 other competitors in our nation’s capital for the champship finals.

“I guess its just a love of words.  I’ve loved reading for a very long time and it’s really interesting finding all these new words,” she said.

Sohail takes a few pages from each letter in the dictionary, making sure she knows what they mean and mostly importantly how to spell them.

“Education is big in our house,” said father, Asif Sohail.

Sohail’s parents help the 7th grader study and prepare for competition.

“She made us so proud and she’s really been a hard worker,” said mother, Rabia Sohail.

Her ultimate goal is to be a research doctor and be placed in a position to help others, but for the near future Sohail wants to come home a champion.

“As she said, its been a dream come true for her, but it’s also a dream for me.  I actually use to watch spelling bee’s every year so, seeing my daughter on the national stage is going to be a dream come true for me, too,” she said.

The preliminaries for the spelling bee begin next Tuesday with the championship finals taking place May 29th.


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