Abilene, San Angelo spellers knocked out of national spelling bee


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The chance of winning the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee is over for two local kids.

Six-year-old Akash Vukoti of San Angelo, the first ever first grader to compete in the national spelling bee, was eliminated in round 2. He exited the stage to a standing ovation and high fives from his competitors. Abilene's Jack Miller, 12, was knocked out in round 3.

Vukoti misspelled bacteriolytic, meaning destruction of bacteria. He used an "a" rather than an "o" in the middle of the word.

Miller was eliminated in the next round when he incorrectly spelled "offal," which means the parts of a butchered animal that are considered inedible by human beings. He spelled it "offle."

Round-by-round results --}

This year's winner will take home $40,000, a trophy and other prizes. Related Content

Spelling Bee - Fast Facts Winning words from National Spelling Bee Spelling bee history and facts

Original Story

The Scripps National Spelling Bee kicks off tomorrow in Washington, D.C. and two kids from the area will be competing - Jack Miller from Abilene and Akash Vukoti from San Angelo.

The youngest competitor in the Bee will be Akash Vukoti. The six-year-old is a first-grader in the San Angelo Christian Home School Association.

According to his bio, Akash started reading and writing "very early" and he competed in his first spelling bee when he was just two-and-a-half years old. He was second runner-up in his regional spelling bee when he was in kindergarten. Akash, who loves to entertain people, was a guest on Steve Harvey in March.


Jack Miller is a 12-year-old 6th grader representing the Big Country Home Educators.

According to his bio, Jack's favorite subjects are history and Latin. When he's not studying, Jack participates in Kajukenbo (a mixed martial art incorporating karate, judo/jujitsu, kenpo and boxing), tap dancing, Boy Scouts and sings in the church choir.

Spelling runs in the Miller family. Jack has won the regional spelling bee the past two years. His sister Kate won it three straight years and finished tied for eighth place in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

There are 285 spellers total competing. Seventeen are from Texas.

Rounds Preliminaries Wednesday, May 25 7 – 10:45 a.m. ESPN3 12:15 – 3:45 p.m. ESPN3

Finals Thursday, May 26 9 a.m. ESPN2 7 p.m. ESPN

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off