Menomonee Falls eighth grader wins state spelling bee
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- An eighth-grader from Menomonee Falls has won the Badger State Spelling Bee, and she now gets to represent Wisconsin at a national spelling bee in May.
Heloise Cheruvalath took the title Saturday in Madison. Her winning word was "mellifluous," which means "sweetly flowing, smooth or honeyed."
A Wisconsin State Journal report says she got her chance after Verona sixth-grader Aisha Khan misspelled "catalineta."
Cheruvalath and Khan battled through five final rounds.
Cheruvalath correctly spelled "decile," `'opotherapy," `'dirigible" and "cryophilic."
Khan stayed alive by correctly spelling "neuroticism," `'procacious" and "cantankerous." But she stumbled on "catalineta," a type of angelfish.
Cheruvalath will now represent Wisconsin at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, held in Washington, D.C., in late May.