Local family heads to spelling bee championships for 5th time


After successfully navigating past oodles of tricky words such as “mercerize,” “grobian” and “stabilimeter,” 42 schoolchildren remained in the running Thursday to be named champion of the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — For the fifth straight-year, a member of the Alkadir family will be vying for the title of regional spelling bee champion and a ticker to Washington, D.C., according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

The Lexington Dispatch reported that Hamza Alkadir, a fifth-grader at Friendship Elementary School, won the annual Davidson County Schools Spelling Bee competition Friday. Alkadir took home the 2015 title after seven rounds with the winning word “nirvana.”

Hamza follows in the footsteps of his two older sisters. Last year, Hayat Alkadir, who is now a ninth-grader at Ledford High School, beat Hamza, who was the runner-up.

Hayat went on to win the regional bee, as well, and competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. The three years prior Nejat Alkadir, now a sophomore at Ledford High, was the district champion. Nejat was the 2012 regional level winner and the first member of the Alkadir family to participate in the national bee.

Hamza Alkadir will move on to the regionals, March 22 at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts.

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