North Kingstown's Landry wins state spelling bee for second straight year

North Kingstown's Landry wins state spelling bee for second straight year

LINCOLN – Outspelling the competition for the second straight year, Stephen Landry, a 6th grader from Wickford Middle School, was declared the winner of the 2014 Rhode Island State Spelling Bee.

Landry bested 24 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders in a competition held at Lincoln Middle School on Saturday, March 8. His closest competitor, Amiya Mandapati, a 6th grader from Lincoln School in Providence, challenged the reigning state spelling bee champion, with the final two contestants facing off for 10 difficult rounds, before Mandapati misspelled "sassafras."

Landry correctly spelled the word "halal" in the final, 24th round before taking on the championship word "chassis." He'll go on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. in late May.